Passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Riverbend in Springfield, Oregon. Ray was born to William and Maude (Serfling) Shaw in McMinnville, Oregon, on February 22, 1921. He was 92.
Ray grew up in Pike, OR, and worked for Boeing for a couple of years following his graduation from Yamhill High School.
He married Florence Armstrong on December 19, 1941. Ray served in the Army Air Corp in the European Theater during WWII as a B17 gunner based out of Italy. Following his return from service, he went to work in the sawmill business owning and operating sawmills with his twin brother Ralph and his father. Later he worked and retired as a Safety Inspector for the State of Oregon. Ray was the first kidney donor in Oregon, donating his kidney to his identical twin brother. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a long time resident of Winston, OR. Ray was also a long time member of the Roseburg Sam’s Camping Club.
Ray will be greatly missed by his wife of 71 years, Florence; his daughters: Connie Conley (David) of Kerrville, TX; Nancy Buckner (Dave) Ridgefield, WA; Susan Edwards (Gary) of Eugene, OR; his grandchildren: Lisa, Shawn, Shane, Penny, Nathaniel, Katrina, Chris, Maria, Penny, Vicki and Julie; as well as 13 great-grandchildren.
Please make donations in memory of Ray E. Shaw to the Wounded Warrior Project.