Donald E. Raymond

PARK CITY — Donald E. Raymond, 85, of Park City passed away Friday morning, Jan. 8, 2021, at his home. He had been in his usual health, and his death was unexpected. 

Donald was born on April 4, 1935, in Altamont to H. Alfred and Margie (Warbinton) Raymond. He grew up and attended schools in Altamont, graduating from Labette County Community High School in 1953.  Following his high school graduation, Don joined the U.S. Air Force and served for 20 years. He earned the Bronze Star for service during the Vietnam War. Donald served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1974. He moved his family to Wichita in 1971 when he was stationed at Wichita State University in the ROTC program. He retired in 1974. Later, Mr. Raymond worked at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Wichita until retiring from there in 1995.

Don enjoyed woodworking and made furniture for his family. He learned to knit and knitted caps for newborns at area hospitals. He enjoyed going to auctions and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donald and his wife, Barbara, enjoyed traveling and made it to all 49 states, Canada and Mexico by car, traveling only to Hawaii by plane. 

He was a member of the Wichita Lions Club and served as district governor from 1982 to 1983. He also belonged to the American Legion in Wichita. In earlier years he was a member of First Baptist Church in Altamont.

On Feb. 2, 1957, he and Barbara J. Steele were married in Kansas City, Kansas. She survives at home.

Other survivors include a son, Kristopher Raymond of Gulf Shores, Alabama; three daughters, Pamela Ann Raymond of Arkansas City, Penny M. Sloan of Lenexa and Lorine Wilkins of Winfield; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Raymond; and his sister, Imogene Rankins.          

The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow in Mound Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service can be viewed live on the funeral home’s Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks. 

Memorials are suggested to the USD 506 Foundation for scholarships and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67356.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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