Raymond Fredrick Dionne of Clifton, Colo., passed away on September 10, 2013. He was born on February 3, 1934, in Menominee, Mich. to the late Clarence Mores and Mary (Venne) Dionne.
Raymond was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the summertime he went to Door County in Wisconsin to work on his sister, Dorothy's dairy farm. When he was 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 tour of duty with the Navy, he enlisted in the Army in Oakland, Calif. He became a Refrigeration Specialist and went back to Korea. After being discharged from the Army, he stayed in the Oakland area and became an iron worker. He was a rigger in bridge and building construction. In 1961, he met the love of his life, Peggy Glover. They were married on June 10, 1961. They have been married for 52 years. In 1966, Ray had an unfortunate surgery and Ray's lower half was paralyzed for the rest of his life, never to work again. Ray took over the house, while Peggy worked. They moved from Lodi, Calif. to Grand Junction, Colo. in 1989. Ray liked to travel, camp, fish and enjoyed riding his bicycle, dune buggy and motorcycle in the desert of Death Valley, Calif. in the winter time. 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. Ray volunteered at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. during the decade of the 1990's. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grand Junction.
Ray is survived by his wife, Peggy; five brothers: Cyril (Joan) Dionne of Panorama City, Calif., Clarence Dionne of Marinette, Wis., William (Joan) Dionne of Marengo, Ill., Donald (Barbara) Dionne of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and Gordon (Ardelle) Dionne of Port Washington, Wis.; two sisters: Dorothy Jeanquart of Forestville, Wis. and LaVerne (Ralph) Emmes of Menominee, Mich. 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 will be Monday, September 16, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on D Road.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to Hopewest and Palliative Care of Western Colorado or to the TLC Center at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.