Raymond Elmer Fogg – October 10, 2008

 

RAYMOND ELMER FOGG

Raymond Elmer Fogg, age 88, of Bellevue, Washington passed away peacefully on Friday, October 10, 2008 at Overlake Medical Hospital Center in Bellevue.  He was born in Harrison, Maine on June 2, 1920 as the first of ten children to Mary H. Lewis and Elmer W. Fogg.  His early childhood years on his parents’ farm were hard but bonding times with his family through the Great Depression years.  He graduated with honors from Bridgton High School.  Ray attended a trade school in Dexter, Maine to become an accomplished machinist. 

Ray was very proud of his military service to our country during World War II.   He initially served in the United States Army, then in the Army Air Corp (US Air Force) as an expert navigator from November 1943 until his honorable discharge as a Second Lieutenant in December 1945.  Ray returned to Naples, Maine after his military service. 

In Ray’s civilian life he worked for the Flagg Lumber Mill in Naples, Maine, Lovell Lumber Mill in Lovell, Maine, SPX Corporation (Dielectric) and then Mega Industries in Raymond, Maine.  He retired in September 1988 and moved to Bellevue, Washington to enjoy his retirement with his second wife, Clementine.

Ray’s retirement years brought about many travels including driving cross-country each year until 1998 to spend summers in Maine with his family and back to Washington State with his new western family, with many stops along the way.  He took in the Craters of the Moon in Idaho, the mighty Tetons in Wyoming, and the breathtaking Grand Canyon in Arizona.  Ray also experienced the Mexican Riviera, Scotland, Ireland, Whales, England, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.   While Ray always took great pleasure in every journey and new experience, standing next to and underneath the magnificent giant General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park in northern California was the most spectacular and humbling to him.   

Ray had a way of making every card game exciting and competitive.  He knew all the rules and had no mercy when it came to the cribbage board.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading.  Ray was an avid golfer, playing three times a week until November 2007.  Ray achieved every golfer’s dream – not just one hole-in-one, but two, at the Naples Golf Course in Maine and also at Bellevue Municipal in Bellevue, Washington.   

Ray is survived by his second wife of over 20 years, Clementine Dingley Jester-Fogg of Bellevue, Washington (formerly of Casco, Maine); his two sons Randy Fogg and Raymond “Babe” (Becky) Fogg of Naples, Maine; his daughter Deborah (Bob) Mitchell of Kingfield, Maine; two step-daughters Jayne (Paul)Tuohig of Alexandria, Virginia and Ann (Gary) Buechler of Kirkland, Washington; his sisters Evelyn Clouse of North Syracuse, New York, Barbara Merrill of Harrison, Maine, Marjorie Gadway of Berriennes Springs, Michigan and Madelyn Miles of Hagerstown, Maryland; his brother Richard Fogg of Naples, Maine; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Elmer W. and Mary H. Lewis Fogg; his first wife of 41 years, Gertrude York Fogg; his sisters Dorothy Leland, Rilla Allen, Virginia Merrill; and his brother, David Fogg.

Ray was a quiet conversationalist; a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.  He will be greatly missed but will always remain in the hearts of his family.  The family extends our sincere thanks to the owners and staff at Buycus Elderly Care Adult Family Home in Bellevue for the attentive and loving care given to Ray during these past seven months. 

At Ray’s request, no memorial services were held.   Burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington with military honors on Friday, November 7, 2008. 

One Response to “Raymond Elmer Fogg – October 10, 2008”

  • Barbara Merrill says:

    Thank you for the excellent obituary of my oldest brother, Ray. He was very special to us. We will miss being able to call and hear his voice.

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