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Obituary for Raymond E. Washington

Raymond Elder Washington passed away July 1, 2017. Ray, the son of William and Annie Washington, was born February 7, 1932 in Deport, Texas. He was the oldest son of five siblings. He married Joyce G. Edwards on December 19, 1953 in Portales, New Mexico. They were married for 61-1/2 years.
Ray had multiple interests. He worked as a Farm and Ranch-hand as a young man in Texas. He served for the Navy in the Korean War. His interest in the construction field was sparked while helping his Grandfather build his house. Ray and Joyce moved to the state of Oregon in 1956 where he worked on the I-5 construction project in the Roseburg and Rice Hill area. While in Southern Oregon, Ray started a Log Truck business and co-owned a dairy with his brother that supplied the Umpqua Dairy. In 1968 Ray and Joyce moved their family to Yamhill County. He worked for RA Gray & Company of Tigard and soon thereafter founded Washington Roofing Company. After selling the roofing company to his son, Harold, Ray started Pearls of Paradise in Dayton, breeding Koi fish and building fish tanks sold around the world which is now operated by his daughter, Linda. Ray enjoyed fishing, breeding and raising birds and raising vegetable in his garden that he would gladly share with everyone. He assisted on many projects that the family needed help with.
Surviving are his children, Joyce Orlebeke, Charles Washington, Deloris Dietzel, Harold Washington and Linda McGrew; sister, Nell Noland and brother, John (Jay) Washington, multiple grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; wife, Joyce and son, Alford.
Services will be Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of Macy and Son, McMinnville, with interment at Evergreen Memorial Park. Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday, July 12th and 13th from 4:00-7:00 pm at Macy and Son.


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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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Thursday

13

Jul

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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Friday

14

Jul

1:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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