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Ray Carver

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ray Allen Carver, age 93, of Pierce City, passed away on Feb. 13 at Mercy St. John's in Springfield. Ray was born on Nov. 6, 1918 in Lawrence County, just east of Wentworth, Mo., the son of Andrew and Lydia Ford Carver. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the Dry Valley Community where he was reared with nine other siblings.

He attended elementary school in Dry Valley and graduated from Pierce City High School in 1935. He married Mildred Reynolds on Jan. 7, 1939. Prior to his marriage he farmed and worked at the CC Camp in Mount Vernon. After his marriage he worked at Fort Crowder and the ammunition plant in Parsons, Kan. Ray served in World War II (1944-1946) where he was awarded the Bronze Star. It was during this time his family moved to Pierce City where Ray and Mildred raised their family and continued to live until their deaths.

He served in the Missouri National Guard from 1946 to 1978. In 1952, he began his career with the Missouri National Guard as unit administrator for the Pierce City unit and served in this capacity until 1974. In 1959 he received the St. Louis Post Dispatch Outstanding Achievement Award for his work with the Missouri National Guard. From 1974 to 1988, he served in civilian capacity as post engineer for the Missouri National Guard at Camp Crowder, Neosho, Mo. In 1989 the main entrance to Camp Crowder was renamed Ray Carver Blvd. in recognition of his many years of service to the Guard and Camp Crowder. In 1996 Ray received the State of Missouri's Everyday Hero Award for his years of community service. On May 4, 2003 a tornado severely damaged the 203rd National Guard Armory. On Feb. 16, 2008 this renovated building was formally dedicated as the Ray A. Carver Building. Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing and wanted to be remembered for what he has done for his neighbors, Pierce City community and his service to the State of Missouri and the United States of America.

Ray was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pierce City. He is survived and will be remembered by his daughter, Kay Hanson of Kansas City, Missouri; sons: Larry and his wife, Pat, of Pierce City and Garry and his wife, Linda, of Chapel Hill, N. C.; seven grandchildren: Mark (Trisha) Kleiboeker of Kansas City, Mo.; Steve (Susan) Kleiboeker, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Lynette Carver Maxwell, of Wilton, Iowa; Lee Carver, of United States Navy, Pensacola, Fla.; Leslie (Marc) Carver Farinella, of Milbourne, Fla.; Greg Carver, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Sally (Darren) Young, of Rock Hill, S. C.; and 10 great-grand children: Kyle Kleiboeker, of Kansas City, Mo.; Hanna, Brian and Andrew Kleiboeker, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Dillon and Chase Maxwell, of Wilton, Iowa; Danielle Farinella, of Milbourne, Fla. and Joshua, Jacob and Jonah Young, of Rock Hill, S. C.; and sister: Mabel Whitehouse, of Monticello, Ill. and brother: Harlan, of Twin Falls, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; wife of 66-years, Mildred; brothers, Abe, Bob, Clyde; sisters: Lucy Merritt, Irene Trouba, Blanch Henry, and Edith Hagedorn.

Services are under the direction of Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City. The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence A. Witt National Guard Armory, 600 S. Pine (Highway 97) Pierce City and the funeral service will be on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the same location.

Memorials can be made to Pierce City Senior Center, Pierce City Cemetery and Pierce City Congregational Church.


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