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Raymond F. May, Jr., 80

ASHLAND — Raymond Francis May, Jr., 80, of Ashland died at home on May 16, 2014 surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Ashland on November 23, 1933, the son of Raymond F. and Helen (Woodward) May, Sr.

Ray was a lifelong resident of Ashland. He attended Ashland Schools and was a 1951 graduate of Ashland High School. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1957, having been stationed in NY, WY, CA, Okinawa and Texas. Ray married his wife, Helen, in Texas in 1957 and shortly after received an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant before returning to Ashland. After several years of private industry work in accounting and production planning, Ray went on to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH in the Logistics Management Office. He received the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award for display of unusual courage and competence in the rescue of a fellow employee who was injured during an explosion in 1970. This award is the second highest honorary award presented by the Department of the Army to a civilian. Ray retired as Chief of Contracting and Logistics after more than 29 years of service and received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service.

Ray was a member of the Ashland Fire Department, Deputy Forest Fire Warden, and an elected Fire Ward. He was a lifetime member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, traveling and puttering.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Rick May and Edward Cass, a sister Evelyn Lutz and a son-in-law Kevin Crowley. He is survived by his loving wife Helen R. (Nussman) May of Ashland, three daughters, Stephanie Crowley of Ashland, Kimberly Gammons and husband Phil of Holderness, Julie Dion and husband Glenn of Ashland, grandchildren Liam and Erin Crowley, Laura, Andra, and Garrett Dion of Ashland, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland. Burial to follow in the Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland. Donations may be made to the Ashland Firemen's Association, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217 or Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth, NH 03264. Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements; for more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:54

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Rita A. Pelchat (SERVICE NOTICE)

LACONIA — A Graveside Service for Rita A. Pelchat will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H.
Rita, formerly of 20 Dell Avenue, Lakeport died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 12:42

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Richard F. Browning, 95

SOUTHLAKE — Richard Francis Browning, 95, Southlake, TX, formerly of Grapevine, TX; Tilton, NH; and Marlborough, MA, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. He and Mary A. Owens were married for 54 years.

Born February 14, 1919 in Marlborough, MA, he was the son of the late Henry and Josephine Browning. He graduated from Marlborough High School and Capital Radio Institute Washington, D.C. Richard joined the Army Air Force and became a pilot; and as a 1st Lieutenant, flew the B-25 Mitchell Bomber in the South Pacific during WWII (125 missions). Upon his return, he and his brother Weston founded Browning Brothers Builders in Northborough, MA. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlborough and served in many areas of the church (Sunday school teacher, Superintendent, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons).

He and his wife cared for foster children from 1962-1968; two of which remain with them. They adopted three children.

In 1970 the family moved to Tilton, NH. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and attended Calvary Independent Baptist Church. He was actively involved in his children's sports and activities as well as coaching the Tilton-Northfield Lassie League. Additionally, the family received several Exchange Students from around the world.

In 2000, he and his wife moved to Grapevine, Texas where they became members of First Baptist Church Grapevine.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children: Karen Parks, Canton, MA; Darryl Browning, Rosehill, KS; Julie Browning, Santiago, Chile; Janet Bomboy, Southlake, TX; grandchildren: Jason Parks, Angela Howard, Cherish Taylor, Joshua Motles, Briana Motles, Evan Bomboy, Daniel Motles, Hailey Browning, Carver Bomboy, Richard Browning, Genevieve Browning and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church Grapevine on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Winnisquam Regional Babe Ruth Softball League; PO Box 432, Tilton, NH 03276.

Richard's kindness will be lovingly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Arrangements by J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home, Grapevine, TX.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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John Bixby, 78

John Bixby, 78

RUMNEY — John Clifton Bixby, 78, of Rumney, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton. He was surrounded by his children and family.

John was born in Plymouth on July 10, 1935, to Leroy Clifton Bixby and Eva Monroe Bixby. John grew up in New Hampshire, attending schools in Rumney and Plymouth after which he went into the Air Force and worked as an airplane mechanic.

After he left the military he traveled extensively, he had been in every state in the United States, except Alaska and South Dakota. He returned to Rumney where he bought a logging truck and logged for a while. After that he was employed at Kelly's Auto Body for 44 years before he retired.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a gifted musician who played many instruments. He loved his family and the many get-togethers they had over the years. He loved to watch NASCAR races. He also enjoyed riding the many Harley-Davidsons he had owned over the years.

John is predeceased by his parents; his wife, Marcia (MacDonald) Bixby; and his brother, James Bixby.

He is survived by his children, Melody Bixby Wendell, Rumney, Rebecca Bixby Gelsi, Orford, and Leroy Clifton Bixby, New Hampton; his brothers, Charles Bixby, Rumney, and Richard Bixby, Bristol; a sister, Annette Flanders, Rumney; grandchildren, Brenton Eastman, Orford, Jonathan Eastman, Rumney, George Wendell V. Rumney, John Bixby II, New Hampton, and Rachel Bixby, New Hampton; and great-grandaughter, Rihanna Eastman.

Calling hours will be held Monday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth. A graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the Highland Cemetery, Rumney.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Hampshire Veteran's Home Resident Fund, 139 Main St., Tilton, NH 03276.

To sign John's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:21

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