Raymond Carl “Ray” Seymour, son of the late Carl and Mary (Crockett) Seymour, was born on April 23, 1935 in Fairfax, Missouri, and departed this life on June 20, 2011, at his residence in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, surrounded by family. He was 76 years, one month, and 27 days of age.
Ray grew up in Fairfax, Missouri, in Atchison County and graduated from Fairfax High School. He served his country in the United States Air Force and retired on December 1, 1973. During his time of service, Ray worked for the Pentagon as a broadcasting systems manager and repaired equipment when needed. His retirement ceremony was also held at the Pentagon in his honor.
He was united in marriage to Marion Seymour on February 14, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two children were born to this union. He moved his family to the Mtn. Grove area in 1973, where he fulfilled his dream of farming. He also worked many years on oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana.
Ray purchased Westside Auto Parts in 1993, where he made many friends and enjoyed visiting with those around him. He and Marion moved from their farm to Mtn. Grove to make their home on Wilma Street in that same year. Marion passed away on January 12, 1995.
He married Thelma Beavers on November 19, 2010 in Licking, Missouri. They had ten wonderful years of companionship together. They enjoyed riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles and traveling.
Ray was a longtime member of American Legion Post 30 in Mtn. Grove.
Besides his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Seymour and Glen Seymour.
He is survived by his loving wife, Thelma Seymour of their home; one son, Jerry Seymour and wife Melissa of Lincoln, Nebraska; one daughter, Crystal Seymour of Mtn. Grove; two stepsons, Clyde Beavers of Mtn. Grove and Carr Beavers and wife Cheryl of Fordland, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Cindy Ortega and husband Stanley of Cabool, Missouri, and Ida Williams and husband David of Mtn. Grove; one brother, Ed Seymour and wife Cathy of Mtn. Grove; one grandson, Carter Ray Seymour; three step-grandchildren, Paige Schmedeke, Paden McKee, and Christian Ortega; three step-great-grandchildren, Brody, Brady, and Brylee Schmedeke; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Frank McCune officiating. Song selections were “On the Wings of a Dove,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Peace in the Valley,” and “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Paul Herbert, Grady Seymour, Jerry Seymour, Waylon Schmedeke, Stanley Ortega and Christian Ortega. The Patriot Guard Riders led the procession to the cemetery. Full military honors were provided by the United States Air Force Burial Detail, American Legion Post 30 with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.