Raymond R Graning, age 86 passed away peacefully on June 29 in Keizer, OR.
Ray had a passion for life and love for his family. He was a natural story teller and loved to make you laugh. Ray was born on August 19, 1934 in Walla Walla, Wa. He grew up in Milton-Freewater OR and graduated from Mac high in 1952. He was the eldest son of Raymond and Eloise Graning. He attended Oregon State University and enlisted in the Army in 195 6. He served in company “C”, 3rd Infantry Regiment in Fort Meyer, Virginia and proudly served on the Presidential Honor Guard. He joined the Oregon State Police in 1959 and served in Ontario and Salem OR until 19 84 . He was one of the original officers in the “Bear in the Air” program. After retirement he continued working for the Oregon State Police as a pilot until 1999. He married the love of his life Donna in June of 1977 and they shared 44 years of marriage. He had a lifelong passion for flying many aircraft including his Citabria. As a flight instructor he enjoyed teaching many people how to fly and was very active in Oregon Pilots Association. He and Donna enjoyed many flying trips and camping under the wings of their airplane with their flying friends. He also loved cross county skiing, lake fishing in Oregon, British Columbia, ocean fishing and working on the Tacklebuster out of Depoe Bay. He spent many of his retirement years attending his grand children’s sporting events and collecting antique toys. Another passion was keeping up his home and beautiful yard. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughters Leslie Erickson (Garyl) and Susan Moore (Scott) by a previous marriage, stepson Gregg Rankin (Donna), step daughter Teri Turner (Jeurgen), sister Kaye Graning, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother LeRoy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St NW, Salem, OR 97304.
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I'm so very sorry for your loss.
"Cousin" Gloria Lamm
Our condolences to you Donna and family. As you remember and mourn your loss, know that you are being thought of with warmth and sympathy. Valerie and Richard Allyn