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Raymond R. Alverson


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Raymond R. Alverson Obituary
Raymond R. Alverson passed away Feb. 27, 2017 in Olympia, Washington, where he was born 85 years earlier on Oct. 29, 1931. He graduated from Olympia High School in 1949 and attended Olympic Junior College and Washington State College. Raymond served three years in the U.S. Army (the only time he lived outside Olympia), and was in the Washington National Guard from 1946 to 1967.
He married Gloria E. Lobe on Jan. 22, 1954; she passed away June 4, 1984. A year later, he married Laura R. Pfaff-Heye on July 4, 1985.
Professionally, Raymond was a highway engineer for Washington State Highways (now WSDOT) (1951-60), and a pilot with United Airlines (1960-87). Flying was a passion; he even built his own private plane. In addition to building things, he also enjoyed softball and running.
Raymond believed in contributing to society. He shared his time and talents throughout his life, including serving on the Lacey City Council (1966-70) and North Thurston School Board (1971-86), and was a South Bay Fire Commissioner (1982-88) and South Bay Fireman (1970-92).
He is survived by his wife, Laura R. Alverson of Olympia; son, David S. Alverson of Pocatello, ID; daughter, Tammi L. Dayley (Mike) of Blackfoot; daughters-in-law, Julie Alverson Mottishaw and Carmen Alverson Diaz; stepdaughter, Deena Diboll (Don); grandchildren, Heather VanOrden (Gary Dee), Amanda Watt (Colby), Brady Alverson (Isabel), Jake Alverson (Rainy), Allee Alverson, Oliver Alverson, and Michael Alverson; step-grandchildren, Nathan Diboll and Mitch Diboll; five great grandchildren; and brother, Willard G. Alverson (Nita) of Grand Rapids, Mich. 
He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria Alverson; sons, Richard D. Alverson and Jeffrey L. Alverson; stepdaughter, Cathy Heye; and parents, Willard Nelson Alverson and Laura (Mulks) Alverson.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 8, 2017
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