Ray Pugh

GREENE COUNTY — USAF Lt Col. (Ret.) Ray O. Pugh, 84, of Fairborn, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at Hospice of Dayton in the company of his wife and daughter. Missy, after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 11, 1929, in Coahoma, Texas, the son of the late Lee and Myrtle (Eggleston) Pugh. He was a graduate of Morton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Technological University, Lubbock, Texas, and a Master's degree in education at Wright State University. Ray was an officer in the US Air Force, a veteran of two wars, serving proudly as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, as a combat air controller in the Vietnam War, and as an electrical engineer, designing, testing and fielding electronic counter measures equipment. He was a proud member of the Association of Old Crows. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB in 1975. He went on to teach math and algebra for 16 years at Weisenbom and Studebaker Middle Schools, Huber Heights City Schools, before retiring in 1992. Ray was an elder for the Central Avenue Church of Christ in Fairbom, serving for over 43 years and very active in Latin American Missions, travelling to Nicaragua, Panama and Peru over many years. He enjoyed church work, reading, fishing, and watching football. He was a wizard with electrical work and his skills were greatly admired by family and the church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Gale and four sisters, Anita Smith, Leenez Reid, Irene Smith, all of Texas and Alma McGinty of California and his youngest daughter, Rachel Mae Figueroa of Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patsy (Stames) Pugh; three children, Donald "Don" (and Dee) Pugh of Fairbom, Melissa "Missy" Pugh of Fairbom, and Sheri (and Claude) Figueroa ofTyler, Texas; ten grandchildren, Adam, Melanie, Tim, Dan, Joe, Eric, Valerie, Stephen, Daryl and Nathan; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Zachary, Hunter, Sehara, Carson, Madeline, Brandon, and Sara; sister, Shirley Thrasher of Texas; sister-in-law. Ruby Pugh of Texas, and many nieces, nephews, and church family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb 20th, from 10-11 a.m. at the Central Avenue Church of Christ, 922 S. Central Ave, Fairbom, OH. The funeral service will be at 11 am with Scott Spencer presiding. Burial with full military honors will follow at Byron Cemetery. Due to severe allergies in the family, they request absolutely no fresh or dried flowers or heavy perfume at the church building or at home. Contributions, if desired, may be made to the Nicaragua Mission Work, at Central Avenue Church of Christ. Arrangements in care ofBelton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairbom. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com.

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Belton Stroup Funeral Home
422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road Fairborn, OH 45324
Published in Xenia Daily Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014