Clarence R. "Ray" Boozer(1938 - 2018)

Clarence R. Boozer, known to his friends as "Ray," passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2018, at the age of 80.
Ray was born in Kell, Ill., in the family farmhouse. He was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska, the summer of 1957. While serving in the United States Army at Ft. Rich, Ray met the love of his life, Delores Erickson. Ray and Dee were married on Aug. 14, 1959.
In 1959, Ray helped survey the Eagle River Valley and fought forest fires in Alaska. From 1960 until spring 1972, he worked for Alaska News Agency (and The Book Cache). Ray was a member of Laborer's Union 341 working in the Valdez and Glenallen pipeline construction camps until 1975. He continued working in construction until his retirement.
Ray was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Anchorage and later at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church when he and Dee moved to Wasilla, Alaska, in 2012. An avid outdoorsman, Ray loved woodworking, fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, snowmachining and gardening. He loved football - "Go Hawks!" He loved spending time with his family and friends at their cabin on Crooked Lake. Ray loved being outdoors hunting deer in Illinois, moose in Alaska and fishing for salmon on the Kenai River. He was a giving man with both his time and his talents.
Ray will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Delores; and his children, Mike (Steve Palazzo) Boozer, Tod (Nikki) Boozer and Kelly (Mike) Alston. Ray will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Tyler, Ethan, AJ (Maribel) Alston, Sam (Amber) Alston and Natalie (Cy) Fisher; and his six great-grandchildren; his brother, Jim (Lavin) Boozer; sister, Judy Easton; sister-in-law, Darlene Smith; and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and John Boozer; his brother, Joe Boozer; and sisters, Irene, Betty and Mary Ann Boozer.
A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 East Bogard Road in Wasilla, with his Pastor, Rick Cavens, officiating.
Memorial donations in memory of Ray may be made to the Mat-Su Food Bank, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Boy Scout Troop 300, all located at 501 East Bogard Road, Wasilla, AK 99654.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 2, 2018