Ray Andrew Deem, 92, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away on July 26, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center.
He was born June 14, 1921, in Eatons, W.Va., a son of the late Elliot and Nora Joy Deem.
In August 1942, Ray headed off to World War II where he served with distinction. He received several battle ribbons after serving in England, France, Germany and Belgium. Ray fought in the Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1944-45. He returned from war on Dec. 7, 1945, and he and Ruth were married seven days later in Akron, Ohio. He retired from Monongahela Power Company with 37 years of service.
Known by family and friends alike as a hard worker, he enjoyed spending time and taking care of the family's cattle at his farm at Goose Creek. He was an avid coon hunter and fox hunter and was known to all who had the privilege to meet him as a "Master Storyteller." He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by two sons, David Deem (Fran) and the Rev. Daniel Deem (Judy), both of Parkersburg; four daughters, Darlene Willis (Gary) of Walker, W.Va., Carolyn Jacobson (Terry) of Parkersburg, Marilyn Wine (John) of Walker, and Debbie Fouse (Charlie) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Zora Boston of Washington, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. Deem; two sons, Dale and Darrell "Hoppy" Deem; five brothers, Harold, Floyd, Roy, Ed and Clifford; and one sister, Mabel Rollyson.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with the Rev. Keith Hostutler officiating. Interment will follow at Deem-Wilson Cemetery, Walker, W.Va., with full military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or American Legion Post 15, 2505 Ohio Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
An online guestbook will be available at www.lamberttatman.com