Raymond Wilcox


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Posted Online: Jan. 25, 2013, 5:48 pm
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Raymond J. Wilcox, 91, of Silvis, formerly of Marion, Kan., died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.
Graveside services at the Rock Island National Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice.
Raymond was born on May 1, 1921, in Wayne, Kan., the son of Paul and Constance (Lilly) Wilcox. He married Budelia Hoffer on Oct. 17, 1945, in Anderson, Ind.
He graduated from Gaylord High School in Gaylord, Kan., before joining the Army. He served his country during World War II and was a POW. Upon his discharge, he went to work for the Kansas Department of Transportation as a civil engineer, retiring in 1983. Ray was a member of the VFW in Marion, Kan., the Masonic Lodge No. 146 in Ellsworth, Kan., and the Professional Engineering Society of Kansas. He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, gardening and watching sports - especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters (and their spouses), Cynthia (LeRoy) Ulrey, Port Byron, Vikki (Kent) Davis, Port Byron, Priscilla Boughton, Kingston, Wash.; sister, Connie (Will) Skinner, Leawood, Kan.; brothers, Lyle (Jean) Wilcox, McCook, Neb., Richard (Sylvia) Wilcox, Grand Island, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death just one week earlier by his wife of 68 years, Budelia; a brother, Paul Wilcox; and sister, Mary Lou Quain.
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