Ray Gordon Hathaway, 86, passed away on April 1, 2014, in Hood River, with family and friends at his side.
Ray was born to Maurice and Piccola Hathaway on April 11, 1927, in The Dalles, Ore., and spent his lifetime residing in Glenwood, except for his time in the Army. He started school in the Lakeside School and was there through the seventh grade. He then went to school in the Glenwood School District.
He was drafted into the Army in April of 1945. Ray went to Fort Lewis, training for the invasion of Japan. When his training was complete, he was supposed to be shipped to Japan, but before he was sent President Truman ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb. Ray was then shipped to Fort Bliss, Texas for technical training in a medic unit. He spent the rest of his Army career in Iceland.
He got out of the service in 1948 and worked for Herrett Trucking Company hauling apples down to California and produce back. Ray then worked in a pumice mine near Zillah. When the pumice mine shut down, he moved back to Glenwood and worked for G.O. Gibbons Construction Company. He started working for J Neils Lumber Company in 1949.
In 1950, he married Martha Hewlett and raised two children, Daniel and Debbra. When first married, they lived in the school house where he had started his first grade of school. In 1960, he bought a ranch and raised cattle, hay and seed potatoes until he retired.
Ray loved to hunt and fish, and in later years he loved to play poker and spent many hours doing what he loved doing.
Ray is survived by his wife, Martha; son Daniel; daughter Debbra; two grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was always a happy person and will be dearly missed by family and friends.
A funeral service was held at Pioneer Memorial Community Church in Glenwood on April 5. He was laid to rest in the Mt. Adams Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Glenwood Firemen, Mt. Adams Cemetery or the American Diabetes Association.
Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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