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Raymond Spencer Friend, 74, of Stonewall Road, Fairmont, passed away Sunday morning (April 16, 2017) in his residence.
He was born Feb. 20, 1943, in Fairmont, a son of the late Carl Edward Friend and Louise Ona Wolfe Friend.
He is survived by his loving wife, Delores Jean Ciszewski Friend.
In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by his son, Raymond Spencer Friend Jr. and his wife Paula; a daughter, Loretta Dove and her husband Steven Henry; four grandchildren, Tabatha Dove Baker and her companion Cris Rowan, Mitchel Don Baker and his companion Danielle Anderson, Amy Katherine Merrill and her husband Dustin and Sara Ashley Martin and her husband Jared; a great-grandson, Baker Linn Rowan; a brother, James Edward Friend; a sister, Karen Sue Rauer; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Friend was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Rose Friend; a brother, Carl Sandy Friend; a brother-in-law, Lanny Max Rauer; and a sister-in-law, Betty Friend.
Raymond was a graduate of State Street Elementary, East Fairmont High School, the Marion County Vocational Technical Center, Fairmont State College Machine Shop Practice and NRI Color Television Servicing. He worked as a salesman for Royal Crown/NEHI Bottling Co. and retired as maintenance machinist at Westinghouse and Philips Lighting Co. Raymond was a member of Fairmont Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M. and IUE-CWA Local 627.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in Raymond's memory to Pet Helpers Inc., 726 East Park Avenue PBM 311, Fairmont, WV 26554.
The family will receive friends from 1-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Pastor Justin Wright officiating. A committal service will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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