Raymond Vernal "Ray" Clark of Casper Wyoming, beloved 96-year-old husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and decorated WW II veteran, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 27, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Raymond, son of Vernal and Rubie (Nicodemus) Clark was born October 24, 1923, the second of seven children. (Ariel, Billy, Dean, Dwight, Marilyn, and Douglas.) Life began on his grandfather’s homestead in Graylin, CO. He attended school in Sterling, CO, Wheatland, WY, Cheyenne, WY, and Kimball, NE. He played football and was in the school band. His education ended with a fall term at Iowa State University in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in February 1943, attended radio school in Sioux Falls, SD, and was active in the Army Air Core until September 1945. He married Ethel May Thomson in 1944. They had four children, Linda, Polly, Randy and Jim.
Following World War II, Raymond worked for the Highway Patrol in Wyoming for two years. After his father passed away in 1956, Raymond returned to the town of Albin, WY to run his father’s International Harvester/Hardware Store with his brother Dean. He then dedicated the majority of his adult life to law enforcement, including the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Academy, and the Division of Criminal Investigation. He retired in 1991.
In 1963 Raymond married Dorothy “Jayne” Shoop. They enjoyed traveling, their beloved dogs and spending time with their growing family. Together they have left a legacy of love for four children, their twelve grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jayne, four children, Linda Kersey of Anderson, SC, Polly (Don) Mosey of Sioux Falls, SD, Randy (Gail) Clark of Laramie, WY, Jim (Barbara) Clark of Casper, WY and their numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dearest friend, Clinton D. Osborne of Golden Eagle, IL. Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, nephew Dwight Clark, great granddaughter Sarah Harpe, and son-in-law Skip Kersey.
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