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RAYMOND RICHARD MEDEIROS Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired Raymond Medeiros of Camarillo, CA passed away on March 18, 2013. Born September 18, 1931 to Frank Medeiros and Mary Christina (Costa) in Plymouth, MA, Colonel Medeiros was raised in West Warwick, RI. He is survived by his four children, David Alan of Camarillo, John Stephen and his wife Della of Burke, VA, Pamela Ann and her husband Michael Barnes of Riverside, and James Andrew and his wife Rosanna of San Luis Obispo; one sister Florence Coates of West Warwick, RI; sister-in-law Gloria Migliori of Cranston, RI; brother-in-law Cleo Lachapelle and his wife Ann of Newport, RI; five grandchildren; one great grandson; longtime friend and companion Barbara Obinger; and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife of 38 years, Lorraine (Lachapelle), formerly of West Warwick, RI, predeceased him in 1993. Ray was a retired Air Force civil engineering officer, owner of The Institute of Productivity Management, and associate professor of Industrial Engineering Technology with Southern Illinois University. In 1946, at the age of 14, he became the youngest Eagle Scout in Rhode Island. He attended Rhode Island State College before acceptance into The United States Naval Academy (BS, '55) and Texas Tech University (MS, '63). A soccer star at the Naval Academy, he earned the nickname "Crazy Legs" for his iconic style of play. Colonel Medeiros was a Korean and Vietnam War era veteran and served in an Air Force combat heavy construction unit (Red HORSE) at Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam in 1969 where he earned the Bronze Star. He served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force with a military career that began with the Army National Guard in 1948 and continued until his retirement from HQ 15th Air Force, Riverside, CA in 1979. His Air Force career stationed him around the world, but he was especially fond of his assignment to Stuttgart, Germany. There he and his family established lifelong friendships and enjoyed an active social life filled with ski trips, extensive travel and Little League baseball. Ray was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Port Hueneme and River Ridge Men's golf associations. He golfed many of the world's greatest venues including Pebble Beach and the Old Course at Saint Andrews. He was a father content with his life's work of raising four children to become responsible adults and respectful citizens. His children are grateful he placed family, country, and God above all else. May he rest in peace with the grace of God and the comfort that his children respect his wishes to reflect his joy and knowledge of life. Viewing will be held at the Griffin Mortuary at 1075 E. Daily Drive in Camarillo, Sunday, March 24 beginning at 2 pm with Rosary at 7 pm. A Catholic mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Church at the corner of Crestview and Las Posas, in Camarillo, Monday, March 25 at 10 am. A military burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Tuesday, March 26 at 9:45 am.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 23, 2013
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