Raymond Doyle Lockard
June 15, 1925 - January 3, 2017
Raymond Doyle Lockard passed away on Tuesday January 3rd. He will be missed. Raymond was a quiet humble man that enjoyed his family and life. He is survived by his wife Grace; three daughters, Leslie Stoenner Elaine Kangas and Carol Everetts. He has two living sisters, Irma Jones and Rita Larson; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was born in Pennsylvania and moved out to Oregon as a young boy. He grew up in Salem, during the great depression. Before he finished high school, he enlisted in the navy to serve his country in world war II. After the war, he raised a loving family and was a great influence on all that met him.
Growing up in Salem he had many adventures. It was a time when the milkman delivered milk by horse and buggy. His buddy Maynard Drawson was always close at hand, a friendship they shared for life. They would jump trains from the tree branches above the tracks, go fishing or exploring and camping under the stars. Raymond had a passion to create and build things. He built a kayak with plans from a popular mechanics’ magazine. He explored the Willamette river with his kayak until a speed boat cut across and over his bow narrowly missing his feet.
Raymond joined the Navy in march of 1943. He enlisted at the age of 17 and his service was something he was very proud of. He served aboard the Destroyer USS Franks DD 554. He helped outfit her when she was launched in 1943. After the war, he worked on decommission her. The USS Franks served in the South Pacific and was awarded 9 battle stars. Raymond was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Boatswain’s Mate, Second Class.
After the navy, Raymond hitchhiked around the country with some shipmates and then pursued a welding degree at Oregon Tech. He was one of the first graduates of the newly formed technical school in Klamath falls. He came back to Salem and practiced his welding craft at Robert Kellermans shop in West Salem. Raymond had a great work ethic. His welding and fabricating skills shown true craftsmanship and his attention to detail shown in everything he made. Later he shared his skills as a part time instructor at Salem Technical-Vocational School Chemeketa Community College. Raymond enjoyed motorcycles too. He talked of the fun that the bike club had at scrambles and his fondness for Triumphs. He had great memories of going to California with some buddies to race the Catalina Grand Prix in 1955 and 1956.
At a local dance, Raymond met the love of his life, Grace Bacon. He swore she was the prettiest girl in the dance hall. In 1957 they married and moved out to a little home on Rainbow Drive, south of Salem. Soon Raymond had 3 lovely daughters. He gave them a nice country home to grow up in, helped them with school affairs at Sunny Side Elementary school and was a member of the PTA. He built fences and corrals for the girl’s horses and was accepting of the girls adopted critters.
As the girls got older and had kids of their own Raymond became “Papa”. The twinkle in his eye when a grandchild came running up was unbeatable. He loved family dinners and birthday parties for the kids. He was a true family man.
Raymond was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his early 60’s. He usually kept it at bay, but sometimes he had a bad day. He wouldn’t complain, but on those days he seemed annoyed with the disease and wanted to get on with life. In the end he succumbed to the complications of the disease at age ninety one. Raymond Lockard was a loving husband, father and grandfather. A good man. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday January 12, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem. Followed by a Graveside Service at City View Cemetery. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.