Raymond W. Wilfong, 95, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Bishop Noa Home.
Raymond was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Detroit, the son of Ernest and Mary (Brinn) Wilfong. He was raised in Powers and was a 1934 graduate of the Powers-Spalding High School. Following graduation Raymond lived in Gladstone for several years until moving to Escanaba in 1954. In 1941 Raymond joined the United States Army and served his country proudly until 1945. He was a veteran of World War II and received numerous medals and ribbons while serving in the European Theater.
Following the war Raymond worked as a telephone repairman for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company for 31 years until he retired in 1979.
Raymond was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and being with family and friends.
Raymond is survived by: his daughter-in-law, Ruth (John) Heidemann; his step-daughter, Marland (Llewellyn ) Mosier of Escanaba; seven grandchildren, Debra Nance, Terie (Richard) Clark, Lisa Richards, Craig Nance, Brett (Julie) Nance, Carrie (Tom) Deno of Escanaba and Troy (Kim) Mosier of Escanaba; sixteen great-grandchildren, Hanna and Kayla Pederson, Robert Clark, Marie and Allen Richards, Kaylen and Christopher Nance, Joseph and Katherine Nance, Jason, Sarah, and David Deno, Scott and Tara Mosier and Patrick and Arianne Grandchamp; three great great grandchildren; his brother, Tom (Donna) Wilfong of Escanaba; two sisters, Joyce Borden of Escanaba and Betty Weimer of Jackson, Mich.; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn in1990, step-son Morris Nance in 1975; his second wife, Violet in 2005; his parents; and three sisters, Frances and Mary Wilfong and Eileen Jawson.
The Wilfong family will receive friends on Thursday, March 10, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will be presented at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following services in the church fellowship hall. Raymond will laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Raymond’s name may be directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.