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Raymond Wakefield

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Raymond WAKEFIELD Tally ho the fox! This was the greeting heard when you called Raymond Wakefield and he was not at home...he was frequently off chasing the fox. He enjoyed golfing with his son, Earl, or going to the casino with his sweetheart, Magdeline. At 86 years old he was constantly on the go until a sudden illness brought his full life to an abrupt end on January 19. Raymond died peacefully in Puyallup, WA with his children by his side. He was born May 23, 1920 in West Seattle, WA. Ray lived in West Seattle until he was drafted to serve in the Marine Corps during WWII, he was a decorated war veteran who spent 27 days on Iwo Jima. After his military service he married Helen Johnson, also of West Seattle. Ray and his wife raised their family in the Seattle area where all of his children still reside. Ray was employed as a truck driver and was one of the skilled drivers called upon in 1980 to drive the first loads of emergency medical supplies over Snoqualmie Pass when Mt. St. Helen's erupted. He was highly regarded as a truck driver and mechanic. He was, throughout his life, in excellent physical condition and for a time in his youth he modeled for "muscle" magazines. Ray was a consummate storyteller and it was not uncommon to enter a room full of people looking at him enthralled as he told a story about his incredible life. His marriage lasted 35 years, until the premature death of his wife in 1984. Raymond spent his retirement years in Federal Way, WA, near his children. He was greatly admired by all who knew him. There are no words to describe the level of love and admiration felt toward him by his children. He was hard working, and loving, as a father, husband and friend. His death has left our hearts broken. Our days are dark and our steps are heavy, our Dad has gone away. Ray is survived by his son, Earl Wakefield, (wife, Cheryl), daughters, Laura Davis, (husband, Robert) Nancy Voeller, (husband, Don) Mary Best, (husband, Brad) Barbara Napier, (husband, Mike) and Julie Thompson, (husband, Steve). Grandchildren, Eric, and Neil Wakefield, Mark Davis, Raymond, and Becky Voeller, Dennis and Colleen Best, Adam and Andrea Napier, Meghan and Kaitlyn Thompson. Raymond had recently become a great grandfather to Koen Voeller. A Celebration of Ray's Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 28, at Powers Funeral Home, 320 West Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371, 253-845-0536.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 24, 2007
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