Raymond Vawter

5/20/2014

Lt. Col. Raymond Macy Vawter, U.S. Army, Ret., 84, of Galena, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness.

Lt. Col. Raymond Macy Vawter, U.S. Army, Ret., 84, of Galena, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness.

He was born March 28, 1930, in Oakley, to E.Y. and Mae Marecek Vawter. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1948. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Regular Army. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1953 to 1973 and taught ROTC at the University of Iowa from 1956 to 1958. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served two tours in Vietnam.

On July 5, 1953, he married Peggy Joan Meyers. She died Sept. 25, 2013. He also was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include a son, Jon Vawter of Overland Park; a daughter, Karen Fowler of Bella Vista, Ark.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. May 28 at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista. Graveside service with military honors will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 29 at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary in Joplin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kansas Masonic Foundation.

Arrangements are being handled by Parker Mortuary & Crematory of Joplin.

comments powered by Disqus
I commented on a story, but my comments aren't showing up. Why?
We provide a community forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the news of the day.
Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. We expect civil dialogue.
Name-calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome.
Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum.

If you don't see your comment, perhaps you ...
... called someone an idiot, a racist, a moron, etc. Name-calling or profanity (to include veiled profanity) will not be tolerated.
... rambled, failed to stay on topic or exhibited troll-like behavior intended to hijack the discussion at hand.
... included an e-mail address or phone number, pretended to be someone you aren't or offered a comment that makes no sense.
... accused someone of a crime or assigned guilt or punishment to someone suspected of a crime.
... made a comment in really poor taste.

MULTIMEDIA