Raymond Charles "Ray" Ledford, 94, of Hannibal, passed away at 10:15 a.m. after a brief stay at Willow Care Center in Hannibal on Friday, April 5, 2019. His long-time neighbor and good friend, Gary Smith, was by his side.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial will be at the Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Friends and family are invited to Raymond's Life Celebration at a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the funeral home.
Raymond was born on June 20, 1924, in Oakwood to George Thomas and Maudie Jane (Rissmiller) Ledford.
He married Norma Lee Ryan on Aug. 7, 1949, at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal. She preceded him in death in 1993 after 43 years of marriage. He was later married to Donnie Ruth Webb, and she also preceded him in death on June 12, 2013.
He is survived by three children, Gary Ledford (Debra) of Tucson, Ariz., Michael Ledford (Sherri) of Hannibal and Mark Ledford (Jean) of Cyrene; grandchildren, Scott Ledford (Kandra) of Spruce Pine, N.C., Leigh Ann Ledford of Denver, Colo., Benjamin Ledford (Olivia) of Cyrene, Katlyn Ervin (Aaron) of Cyrene and Jeremy Ledford of Quincy, Ill. Raymond had five great-grandchildren; also a sister-in-law, Dolores "Dorie" Brillos of Sykesville, Md.; and his dear neighbors, Gary Smith (Bonnie) and Pat Long (Les).
He graduated from Center High School in 1942. He received an Associate’s Degree in Science in 1948 from Hannibal-LaGrange College. He attended The University of Missouri School of Mines in Rolla. He also graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
Raymond enlisted May 12, 1943, in the United States Armed Forces and was honorably discharged Feb. 27, 1946. He was an aircraft mechanic.
He retired from The Universal Atlas Cement and Continental Cement Plant after 40 years of service in Hannibal.
He was an active member of The Continental Cement Credit Union, The Mark Twain Emergency Squad, American Legion, the leader of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 117 and a Mason.
Raymond enjoyed being an avid gardener, going fishing with his friends, squirrel hunting and helping his son, Mark, on the farm. He had such a kind soul and will be missed by family, friends and his good neighbors.
Pallbearers will be Gary Ledford, Mark Ledford, Scott Ledford, Benjamin Ledford, Jeremy Ledford, Aaron Ervin and Gary Smith. Michael Ledford is an honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to The Boy Scouts of America (Great Rivers Council).
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com