Raymond F. De France II

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Raymond F. De France II, 66, a lifelong Alaska resident, died at home Jan. 17, 2007, in Sunrise, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born Aug. 16, 1940, to Robert E. and Helen M. (Engerson) De France in Seward. He grew up and attended school in Hope, eventually making his home in nearby Sunrise.
As a young man, he worked for the Forest Service and served in both the U.S. Army and the Alaska National Guard. He was employed by the Alaska state Department of Highways at Silvertip Station as a foreman and heavy equipment operator for 27 years, retiring in 1995 to pursue other interests.
His family wrote: "Raymond was a steadfast and highly respected community member who committed countless volunteer hours to the local EMS/fire departments and other community endeavors.
"He enjoyed family get-togethers; western poetry, sculptures and paintings; reading; hunting and fishing; and his horses."
Raymond is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Valerie De France; sons, Samuel De France of Sunrise and Scott De France and his family of Hope; sister, Roberta Allen and her husband, Howard Allen; sister, Ramona Moore; niece, Kathy Heim and her family; and nephew, Tracy De France and his family of Anchorage.
Mr. De France was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Ann De France; brother, Russell De France; sister, Rose De France; and Roberta's son, Artie.
His ashes will be buried next to family in the Hope Cemetery in the spring. In accordance with the wishes of Mr. De France, a formal memorial service will not be held.
Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary made the arrangements.

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 30, 2007