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Benjamin Francis Raymond

Apr 2, 1924 - Dec 22, 2016

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Millinocket - Benjamin Francis Raymond, 92, of Millinocket, passed away at a Bangor Hospital surrounded by his loving family on December 22, 2016. Ben, the son of Edward and Annie (McQuarrie) Raymond, was born on April 2, 1924. He graduated from Stearns High School in 1943, then joined the United States Marines. He served in the Marines Air Warning Squadron division, and was involved in the landing on Okinawa. After returning home to Millinocket he married Bertha (Quinn) Raymond. Together they raised 3 children, while being employed at Great Northern Paper for 40 years.
Ben, or Benny as a lot of people called him, is survived by his wife Bertha of 68 years, daughter Marianne Piner and her fiancé Bryan, daughter Debbie Barnes and her husband Terry, son John Raymond and his wife Natalie, one very special sister, Delia Cummings, grandchildren Chris Piner, Matt Barnes, Jason Raymond, Jennifer Raymond, who he loved so dearly, as well as 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Ben was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic church in Millinocket. As a member, he was a Eucharistic minister, where he served communion to the shut-ins and taught CCD to many children. Ben belonged to the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Katahdin Area Support Group, Democratic Party, Katahdin Federal Credit Union Credit Committee, Millinocket Housing Corporation's Board of Directors, Meals for Me, and loved singing with Dot and the Has-Beens. Ben loved woodworking in his shop, playing horse shoes, hunting at hunting camp, fishing, and attending the local 4th of July Parade as a clown, something he came by naturally!
Ben was predeceased by his mother Annie, father Edward, sister Helen Duprey, brother Eddie and sister Mona James.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Millinocket. Visiting hours will be at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Catholic Mass at 11 a.m., with graveside Military committal to follow the Mass. As requested by the family, donations may be sent to Katahdin Area Support Group in lieu of flowers.
Published on  May 31, 2017
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