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Ray King

Ray King, a 30-year Fallbrook resident, passed away peacefully in his home in Arizona on July 27, 2010, at the age of 81. He was born May 28, 1929, in Noblesville, Ind. Ray proudly made his career in the military, serving first in the United States Army and later serving 25 years in the United States Marine Corps. He was a distinguished veteran, having served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient.

His early military career brought him from Indiana to California, where he met his wife Diane on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. They were married 55 years. He retired from the military in 1969.

After his military retirement, he and his family settled in Fallbrook where he worked for Douglas Oil, Standard Oil, Fallbrook Lumber and Lumber One. Ray was active in various service organizations in his lifetime, serving both as president of the Fallbrook Lions Club and later as Master of Fallbrook Masonic Lodge #317.

In recent years, he was known for his handcrafted walking sticks which he could often be found crafting and selling in town. Throughout all of his endeavors he made many lifelong friendships. After retiring from the private sector in 1988, Ray and Diane enjoyed many years of touring the country by RV before recently settling in Arizona.

Ray was preceded in death by seven of his eight siblings. He is survived by his wife Diane; sons Gary King, Ariz., Mike (Valerie) King, Fallbrook, Johnny Dalton, Ariz., daughter Kathy (Bob) Day, Fallbrook; grandchildren Ryan, Haylee, Cory, Megan and Danielle; sister Doris, Fla. and many nieces and nephews.

Ray was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed every day by those who loved him.

At his request, he will be cremated and privately interred at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations honoring his memory to Hospice of Lake Havasu, 365 S. Lake Havasu Ave., P.O. Box 597, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405.

 

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