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Charles Ray Carrow

February 11, 1929 - August 21, 2016


CHARLES "RAY" CARROW of Salem, Oregon passed away August 21st, 2016 at the age of 87.  He was born and raised in Salem, Oregon.  Ray developed his admirable work ethic at the young age of 6, by working in the berry and bean fields in Lake Labish north of Salem. He graduated from Salem High School in 1947. Ray joined the Marines, defended his country in the Korean war, and was honorably discharged June 11th, 1952.  He attended Oregon Technical Institute on baseball and football scholarships and graduated with honors.  Ray spent most of his life working as superintendent at Usibelli Coal Mine in Alaska and running his demolition company, Houck-Carrow Corp in Salem.  He loved spending time with his family, teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish and appreciate nature. He became an avid hunter from the time he was old enough to fire a rifle. After retirement, Ray always had a camera around his neck with his favorite subjects being his grandchildren, wildlife, and the Oregon scenery. 
Ray Carrrow, son of Lyle and Lillian Carrow, loving husband of Norma McCall Carrow, passed away peacefully with his children by his side. He is survived by his wife, Norma; children, Valerie Markuson, Vanessa Michels Gregg, Steven Carrow Julie, and Patricia Carrow; grandchildren, Amanda, Jeff, Katie, Shanna, and Jared and one beautiful great grandchild, Adalynn.  
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17 at Virgil T. Golden's Funeral Service in Salem, Oregon, followed by a reception at his son's home.  The family would like to express their thanks to the 4th floor building "B" Salem Hospital Nursing staff.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Morning Star Community Church, Benevolence Fund, 4775 27th Ave SE, Salem, Oregon 97302.

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