SPOKANE, Wash. -- Raymond Lebsack "Spiny Ray," 91 years old, of Spokane, Wash., passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, at The Spokane Hospice House, where he had been surrounded by the love and support of his family.
Raymond was born Nov. 9, 1917, in Brush, Colo., to Jacob and Elizabeth Lebsack who eventually moved to McCook where Ray grew up.
Ray and his family traveled extensively with assignments stateside as well as Germany, France, Okinawa and Thailand. They have visited Hong Kong, Taiwan and countries in Europe.
Ray retired as a Chief Master Sergeant, after 26 years of service and with the following honors, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Commendation Medal with two OLC, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three battle stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Good Conduct Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
He was Ambassador and field tester for Berkley Trilene and assisted getting the Wild Salmonid Policy passed in 1997 with Washington State.
Raymond is survived by the "catch of his life" wife, Helen Jean (Downs) of McCook, whom he married on Aug. 16, 1939. They were married for 70 wonderful years.
Ray is also survived by their three sons, Col. Raymond Lynn (Ret.) and wife, Anne, Lt. Col. Gerald Lee (Ret.) and wife Kelly, and Alan Michael; seven grandchildren, Commander Michael (USCG) and wife, Donna, Steve, Matthew and wife, Teressa, Jennifer, Shane and wife, Linda, Jodi and husband, Sam and Tom; nine great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jesse, Jeremiah, Juliyana, Jackson, Casen, Mackenzie, Ashton and Madeline; and three sisters, Eleanora, Lillian and Norma.
He will be greeted in Heaven by his parents and grandparents and his granddaughter, Sunny.
Memorial service will be Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Christian Center, 1108 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane, WA 99212.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels at 321 S. Dishman Mica Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206.
A quote by Ray
last entry of his flight log World War II
"Sure we made mistakes, but we learned from them and we all grew together. One thing we had was a kind of mutual trust that brought us through the most trying of circumstances."
Ooo-Ahh Grandpa, we love you!