Raymond Kelty Paxton
Raymond Kelty Paxton, 98, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Lakeview.
Ray was born on Feb. 22, 1921 to Frank and Irene Paxton. His parents were pioneers of Lake County. He was a long time resident of Lake County.
Ray served in the Army during World War II. He was in the 124th Infantry Division and was a sharpshooter, M1 rifle expert and combat infantryman expert bar. He fought in New Guinea and the southern Philippines. He received the Purple Heart G033 HQ124th infantry year 45, Bronze Service American Theater Medal, Arrrowhead Philippine Liberation Medal and one Bronze Service Star Victory Medal.
On June 28, 1947 he married June McDougal. They were married for 60 years and raised three children. Ray and June lived in Lakeview, Malin, and Hart Mountain.
Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and wood cutting. He liked looking for treasures in the desert and taking nature hikes. He worked as a millwright for many years mostly at American Forest Products. He was maintenance man on Hart Mountain Refuge for many years from which he retired from in 1987. He was a gunsmith and enjoyed building and repairing guns.
He taught the first hunter safety course in Lakeview and enjoyed teaching young kids about shooting and gun safety. He wanted the children to learn the proper way to care for guns.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the American Legion.
Ray was preceded in death by: wife, June; parents; and siblings.
He is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Karen Paxton and Frank and Mary Paxton; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Lloyd Campbell; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Desert Rose Funeral Chapel in Lakeview. Committal will be at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Lakeview with military honors. A cookie and coffee reception at the Elks Lodge will follow the committal.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Ray’s name can be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517; Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250; VFW Post 4070, PO Box 134, Lakeview 97630; or donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.