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Raymond F. Dionne

Raymond Fredrick Dionne of Clifton, CO died on Sept. 10. Born Feb. 3, 1934, in Menominee, Mich. to the late Clarence Mores and Mary (Venne) Dionne, he was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and in the summer worked in Door County on the dairy farm of his sister, Dorothy.

At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Korean conflict. He was stationed on the USS Hugh Purvis DD709, where he went through Boiler man School "B" in Philadelphia, PA. After his Navy tour of duty, he enlisted in the Army in Oakland, CA. and became a Refrigeration Specialist and went back to Korea.

After discharge from the Army, he stayed in the Oakland area and became an iron worker and was a rigger in bridge and building construction. In 1961, he met the love of his life, Peggy Glover and they were married on June 10, 1961. They have been married for 52 years.

In 1966, Ray had an unfortunate surgery and his lower half was paralyzed for the rest of his life, never to work again. He took over the house, while his wife worked. They moved from Lodi, CA to Grand Junction, CO in 1989. He liked to travel, camp, fish and enjoyed riding his bicycle, dune buggy and motorcycle in the desert of Death Valley, CA in the winter.

He belonged to lodges and clubs of Paralyzed Vets of America and was a life member of Zia Chapter 156957; American Vets life member Post CA 56; and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3981, CO. He volunteered at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction, CO during the decade of the 1990's. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grand Junction.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy; five brothers, Cyril (Joan) Dionne of Panorama City, CA, Clarence Dionne of Marinette, William (Joan) Dionne of Marengo, IL, Donald (Barbara) Dionne of Sturgeon Bay, and Gordon (Ardelle) Dionne of Port Washington; two sisters, Dorothy Jeanquart of Forestville and LaVerene (Ralph) Emmes of Menominee, MI; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Everett, Robert, Randolph, Harold and France Dionne; and three sisters, Lucille England, Lorraine Calcari and Elizabeth Schulke.

A viewing was held Monday, Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary followed by a funeral service at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were requested to Hopewest and Palliative Care of Western Colorado or to the TLC Center at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction, CO.


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