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Raymond A. King
12/09/1917 — 01/20/2004
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Wessington Springs, SD
Raymond A. King
Raymond A. King, 86, of Richland, WA, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2004, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 9, 1917, in Wessington Springs, SD to Clare and Rose King. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, in 1999, and by his sister, Florence Ward. He was a carpenter in South Dakota, Idaho and Washington. The family moved from Belle Fourche, SD to Othello, WA in 1956, where he worked for Sampson Sand and Gravel. He also managed the lumberyard in Warden, WA. After moving to Kennewick in 1975, he continued carpentry and helped build homes for his three daughters. Ray, a base player, and Dorothy piano played for dances everywhere they lived. He is survived by his three daughters, Judy Brown, Kennewick, Rosemarie Showalter, Richland, and Beverly and Jesse Rodgers, Pasco; eight grandchildren, Dennis and Dianna Brown, Kennewick, Klarene and Greg Miller, Benton City, David and Billie Jean Brown, Dayton; Jay Showalter, Pullman, Mark and Mary Ann Showalter, Kennewick, Julie and Gerard Prendergast, Boston, MA; Douglas Rodgers, Pasco and Kevin and Rhonda Rodgers of Olympia, WA; nine great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2004, at St. Josephs Catholic Church, 520 S. Garfield, Kennewick, WA.
I was so saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. I remember him and Dorothy well – we would gather with them in many music sessions. Oh, could they play. We would meet with them at Dezzelem’s many Sunday afternoons. May God grant him and your Mom with eternal peace. Betty O’Brien