Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather left for his final voyage on August 27, 2017. Ray was born September 1, 1921 in Virginia, Minnesota and entered the Air Cadet Program in 1939. In the early part of January 1942 he joined the US Navy as a pilot, flying B-52’s in the Pacific and supply planes in the Atlantic as well. His love of flying never left him and his favorite saying was, “They don’t have to pay me to fly.” For the duration of his time in the Navy, he did what he loved best flying planes during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring in 1970 with 28 years of service to his country. From then he went on to join the Virginia Beach School System to teach ROTC at various high schools within the Virginia Beach School System.
Preceding Ray in death were his parents, Emma Matson Newman and Walter Newman; one brother, Willard Newman; one sister, Marge Gibbens and daughter, Ronnie Cascell. He is survived by his wife Toby Newman; daughter Rickie Denton; grandchildren Yves Denton, Gina Denton, Leslie Cascell, Annette Cascell, Maggie Nelson and eight great grandchildren. The family offers thanks to the wonderful care and compassion given by Michelle and all the nurses with the Hospice Program who so lovingly cared for him in his final days, including Sabrina, Marion and Biscuit.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd. in Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Graveside/Committal Service and the rendering of Military Honors