|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1942|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1981|
This memorial is for my Uncle Raymond whom I will never forget.
Raymond was born the son of Thomas S. and Ruth A. (Smith) Munyon.
He lived in Oklahoma the first four years of his life until moving to Glendale, Oregon in November of 1946. Raymond was educated in the Glendale, Oregon public school system.
Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army at a young age and served in Alaska. After being discharged from the Army, Raymond returned to his parents' home in Glendale where he worked for Robert Dollar Sawmill.
During the mid 1960's Raymond married a lady, Martha, and they had one son, named, Raymond. The marriage ended in divorce. Sadly, neither Raymond nor his family got to know his son after the divorce. I remember my Uncle Raymond loved his son, and nick-named him Jake and Goe.
Raymond married a second time to Yuvonne (Terry) Colleen Wiseman on Feb 13, 1971 in Reno, Nevada. Terry was an unusual lady in a fun sort of way. I do believe she really loved my uncle. Though they had no children and their marriage ended in divorce, Terry was heartbroken to learn of Raymond's death.
Raymond intermittenly lived throughout Douglas County and for periods in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sheldon, Washington and Hornbrook, California. He spent several summers logging in Alaska.
Raymond enjoyed life to the fullest. Being a bachelor most of his life, he had many lady friends. He had no problem finding women; they were drawn to him. Raymond was handsome and had a fun, happy personality. He was generous and would give whatever he could give.
He loved to fish and hunt. He often took his nieces and nephews fishing in Cow Creek. I did not care if I caught any fish, I enjoyed the time being at the creek with my uncle. He told me his dream was to own a cabin, up in the woods, and homestead the land. That never happened.
Raymond had numerous friends and a large family. Sadly he only got to see his son until the child was 2 1/2 years old. My uncle loved, missed and wanted to know his son. He did not think it was right that his son was kept from him, but during those days it was not uncommon for a parent to be shut out of their child's life. As an adult, looking back at my Uncle's life, I wonder whether the reason he had special relationships (good & kind) with his nieces and nephews was due to his son's absence. He did not have his own son to share his love so he showered it upon his nieces and nephews, and made each one of us feel uniquely special.
Raymond had been out with friends, returned home, hugged and kissed his mother and went next door to visit his brother Sam. Raymond was sitting in a chair, grabbed his chest and said he needed air. Raymond died at age 39 of a massive heart attack.
Raymond had a large funeral with numerous family and friends in attendance. Many of the ladies, whom he dated, brought their children as they, too, loved my uncle.
He is preceded in death by: father Thomas S. Munyon; a special uncle, Wayde H. Munyon.
He is survived by his mother Ruth A. Munyon of Glendale; three sisters: Gladys L. Thomas of Roseburg, Nancy M. Hatton of Myrtle Creek, Anna Mae Hatton of Glendale; four brothers: Jeddy Munyon of Myrtle Creek, Thomas L. Munyon of Coos Bay, Wayde C. Munyon of Roseburg, Samuel J. Munyon of Glendale; one son Raymond (Jake) Munyon. Numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
I have always remembered something my uncle told me about death. He said "The good thing about dying is you make room for the sweet, little ones, who are growing up."
"Uncle Raymond, You were a wonderful father to little Jake. You worked at the sawmill to support your family. I remember seeing you with your little son before he was taken away. You were protective and loving. You changed diapers, fed him, and made him laugh. Jake's eyes would light up and his arms would reach out when he saw you enter the room. I remember how baby Jake loved his daddy, grandma, and the rest of us. We loved him so much. Our hearts were broken when Jake left us to never return. Grandma died without seeing him just once again. I have not seen him. It is still heart breaking to me to this very day. I understand and can still feel the pain you endured. My biggest question is why - why were we alienated from Jake? Jake lost so much, too. Shamefully Sad."
Thank You to Jennifer and Jimmy Fry for sponsoring Uncle Raymond's memorial.
Thomas Samuel Munyon (1906 - 1963)
Ruth Amelia Smith Munyon (1919 - 1991)
Jeddy J. Munyon (1936 - 1986)*
Gladys Leona Munyon McManus (1938 - 2006)*
Raymond Frank Munyon (1942 - 1981)
Nancy Marie Munyon Hatton (1944 - 2012)*
Samuel Joel Munyon (1949 - 2009)*
Anna Mae Munyon Dancer (1954 - 2006)*
Myrtle Creek IOOF Cemetery
Created by: In Loving Memory
Record added: Oct 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7972413