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5333 Old Indiana 261, Newburgh, IN

OBITUARY

Cecil Raymond Jr.

November 1, 1942August 24, 2019
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Cecil Raymond, Jr., 76 of Newburgh, IN passed away August 24, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital after a short illness. He was born in McHenry, KY on November 1,1942 to the late Stella (Hert) Raymond and Cecil Raymond, Sr. As he liked to say, "I'm a simple boy from Kentucky."

As a man of righteousness, his life and career modeled around studying the Word, being in the Word, and living the Word. He was a dedicated and God-fearing leader who impacted thousands of young lives through his role as a teacher, coach and administrator. A graduate of Central High School in 1960, he continued his love of football and played at the University of Evansville. His career started as a teacher and football coach at Huntingburg High School and continued at Paoli High School. In the early '70's, he began his first administrative position at Washington High School and in 1975 he became a Castle Knight where he continued his career as a dedicated leader and role model. He was an active member of Newburgh United Methodist Church for 44 years. When he wasn't attending his grandchildren's events, he loved to fish, take daily trips to Sonic for a Diet Cherry Coke, and drive by the river.

He was married to the love of his life for 51 years, Patrice (Toney) Raymond; loving father to daughters, Allison Novak (Dave), Andrea McKinney (Ryan), and Alisa Raymond-Knapp; and proud grandfather to Brenna and Abby Novak, Avery, Cade, and Trey McKinney, and Cecilia and Callie Knapp.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Hwy. 261, Newburgh, IN, officiated by Rev. Craig Duke, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Newburgh Chapel and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Castle Senior Scholarship Fund in memory of Cecil Raymond.

  • FAMILY

  • Patrice (Toney) Raymond, Wife
  • Allison Novak (Dave), Daughter
  • Andrea McKinney (Ryan), Daughter
  • Alisa Raymond-Knapp, Daughter
  • Brenna Novak, Grandchild
  • Abby Novak, Grandchild
  • Avery McKinney, Grandchild
  • Cade McKinney, Grandchild
  • Trey McKinney, Grandchild
  • Cecilia Knapp, Grandchild
  • Callie Knapp, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Lisa Flint

September 1, 2019

Maybe in retrospect & shock to most my old school friends, but I (luckily) never had a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting with Mr. Raymond during my time at Castle High School; I believe he was still the Assistant Principal at that time & Mrs Raymond had subbed for Ms Barbara Beadle.

Now, happily and thankfully, I did get to spend half my high school life with Mr. Raymond’s wife who quickly became someone I admired and felt to be my mentor, Mrs. Raymond.

She would share stories with her Office Lab girls, the other side of The Mr Raymond we didn’t get to see.

You could tell how much she admired respected and loved him and his parenting their own family.

But what I got out of all that was that Mrs Raymond, ‘saw’ me, a thing most angst ridden teenagers feel a lack thereof and so critically need at that time of their life.

I wasn’t a great, focused or even somewhat outstanding student.

But somehow Mrs. Raymond knew that within me, I could be all those things and more.

Remembering the quiet and stern way Mr Raymond would stand in the halls as class changes took place,

Mrs. Raymond would remind us that he was more than there to discipline & carry out rules, and one day we would understand.

Thank you Raymond Family, for sharing your parents... your father with so many of us kids.

For a lot of us, school was the ONLY steady thing we had going on in our lives.

Thank you
Lisa Flint
Class of ‘86
Church Point, La

Tracy Stanton (Welch)

August 29, 2019

My deepest sympathy for the Raymond Family.
Mr Raymond was Vice-Prinicpal when I was in school. I worked in the office during 5th period in (what-was-then) the brand new Castle High School in 1976. He was always a kind and fair man. He was very much a mentor and counselor for me during some difficult High school years. I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for this man.
God bless his family, and may he sing with the Angels in Heaven.
Sincerely...

Kathie Loewen

August 29, 2019

I was very sorry to learn that Cecil had passed away. I had known him for a very long and knew that he was a very good man with a beautiful voice. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Kathie Loewen

Corey and Matt Mason

August 29, 2019

What a privilege it was to be a student at Castle when Mr. Raymond was principal. His calm, patient and caring nature was a gift to faculty, staff and students. He was the kind of principal who would show up to cheer on the tennis team, a sport that rarely drew a large crowd. He believed every student was important even if they weren’t the star athlete in the school paper. Speaking of the paper, he never stifled or censored the students even if he personally disagreed with a story. Always a teacher at heart, he believed that responsible, respectful discussion should be embraced so people can learn from each other. He said hello in the halls and if he knew your name it wasn’t just because you were in trouble. He played along at pep rallies modeling what good humor and grace looks like on stage, something that seems so rare in today’s culture. He set boundaries and high expectations drilling home that you have business to take care of in the classroom but you can have fun when your work is done. I have met very few leaders in my life who possess the quiet authority that garners so much respect amongst peers or even enemies. Great leaders, like Mr. Raymond, are not accidents by chance but rather beacons in our communities who deserve praise despite their humility at accepting such recognition. What he taught us stretched far beyond our high school years. Respect, dignity, high expectations, strong work ethic, raising the bar of excellence, kindness and compassion for your peers...these traits were taught by example through his everyday actions and we are the better for it. May your family find some comfort in your legacy. Good Knight Mr. Raymond. Job well done. May you Rest In Peace.

Rosanne Ward

August 27, 2019

I was so privileged to have worked at CHS several years when Mr. Raymond was principal. A wonderful Christian man and stellar leader at Castle. I remember when we all wore “Everybody Loves Raymond “ shirts the year he retired. And, yes, we did love him! He will
be dearly missed but the heavenly choir has gained a terrific new bass singer!! Hugs and prayers to the family ! ❤️🙏

Lauren Mosbey

August 27, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Raymond was the principal at Castle while I was there. He was such a wonderful, caring man who knew the names of all of us. Prayers for your whole family.

Mary Threet

August 27, 2019

Jim and I were so blessed to be your neighbor for 40 years.
I know you and he are visiting in Heaven with Jesus.
Pat, my heart feels your grief.

Jerry Gray

August 27, 2019

So sorry to hear of Cecil's passing. Great high school memories with his 57 Pontiac. Condolences to the family.

Angie (Dame), Joe and Isaac McKissick

August 26, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Raymond family. I , Angie (Dame) McKissick was a student at Castle High School when Mr. Raymond was Assistant Principal. He was always really nice and will be deeply missed.

Kathryn DiDomizio

August 26, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Raymond was a wonderful leader and role model who will be very missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

Cecil Raymond, Jr., 76 of Newburgh, IN passed away August 24, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital after a short illness. He was born in McHenry, KY on November 1,1942 to the late Stella (Hert) Raymond and Cecil Raymond, Sr. As he liked to say, "I'm a simple boy from Kentucky."

As a man of righteousness, his life and career modeled around studying the Word, being in the Word, and living the Word. He was a dedicated and God-fearing leader who impacted thousands of young lives through his role as a teacher, coach and administrator. A graduate of Central High School in 1960, he continued his love of football and played at the University of Evansville. His career started as a teacher and football coach at Huntingburg High School and continued at Paoli High School. In the early '70's, he began his first administrative position at Washington High School and in 1975 he became a
Castle Knight where he continued his career as a dedicated leader and role model. He was an active member of Newburgh United Methodist Church for 44 years. When he wasn't attending his grandchildren's events, he loved to fish, take daily trips to Sonic for a Diet Cherry Coke, and drive by the river.

He was married to the love of his life for 51 years, Patrice (Toney) Raymond; loving father to daughters, Allison Novak (Dave), Andrea McKinney (Ryan), and Alisa Raymond-Knapp; and proud grandfather to Brenna and Abby Novak, Avery, Cade, and Trey McKinney, and Cecilia and Callie Knapp.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Hwy. 261, Newburgh, IN, officiated by Rev. Craig Duke, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Newburgh Chapel and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Castle Senior Scholarship Fund in memory of Cecil Raymond.