Raymond Wayne Wilford
November 24, 1929 – April 23, 2021
Raymond Wayne Wilford born November 24, 1929, received his wings on the night of April 23, 2021. He went home to Heaven, to a reunion with his wife of 64 years, mother, father, brothers, sisters and granddaughter and great granddaughter. What a reunion that must have been.
He is survived by Butch (Bear), Sharon (Bill), 5 grandkids, and 13 great grandkids.
He served in the Korean War, as Master Sergeant, a radio operator, for 18 months on the front lines. After his discharge from the Army he returned to Tucson where he became one of the owners of Wilford Construction Company.
He was known as a fun, witty but honest business man. His work concept was, “make hay while the sun shines”, he wasn’t afraid of work. Dad taught his kids the same concept to never shy away from hard work. Towards the end of his life he was most concerned about others and wanting to know they would be safe in heaven when they died. His love of the Lord shown greatly as he prayed to his, “Precious Heavenly Father”, and would sing along with the old hymns telling of God’s love for us.
If God gave us the ingredients to make a perfect Dad, the finished product would be the dad we received. “We’ll miss you dad, but we are rejoicing with you as you dance your way around your new home. We’ll see you later on down the line.”
There will be military honors at the graveside following the service.
Funeral Service at El Camino Baptist Church
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Raymond Wayne Wilford
May 5, 2021
Uncle Raymond always brought the party with him when he came to Kansas! A visit in @1990 was no exception. We drove from Salina to connect with Mom, (Evelyn Fink) and several of her sisters, plus Raymond and Betty at a family reunion in Natoma, Ks. After lunch our son, Derek, was outside admiring a beautiful brand new Lincoln Town Car when Raymond suggested they take it for a spin and told Derek he was welcome to drive. He didn’t have to offer twice! Out on the highway Raymond told him to see how quiet the car was, even at top speeds. Again, Derek happily obliged. Those two car guys became buddies on that ride! It only made Raymond more amused later that evening when Mom asked him if he realized Derek didn’t have a driver’s license. Why? Derek wasn’t old enough! He had driven around the farm on a few occasions but that was his first time driving on a public roadway. After college Derek pursued a career in sales at the Ford/Lincoln dealership here. More than one subsequent trip to Kansas brought Raymond and Betty, or Max and Marjorie, on to Salina to pick up new trucks for Wilford Construction or personal Town Cars. Their trips here created more warm and wonderful memories.
Sharon and Bill, Butch and Bear, We are so sorry for your loss and share your sadness! We are so glad your pain is eased as you envision your dad experiencing the family reunion in heaven and the assurance of joining them one day! Our love and prayers are with you as you grieve.
Gary and Marsha Lee
May 4, 2021
I have been trying to think of one express memory of my uncle Raymond but I don’t think of one particular time that comes to mind apart from what will be shared about his visit with my brother, Garry, when Garry was nearing death. I do remember when Raymond was visiting us here in Kansas he would spend a lot of time in Garry’s shop where it was common for neighbors or customers to be visiting. Raymond met people very easily and took interest in them. Raymond would also spend time visiting childhood friends from when he was growing up in Kansas. Raymond also was faithful to call my mother, Evelyn, almost every Saturday morning after my father passed away in 1989. I remember his smile that came so easy and his quick wit. My point to all of this can be seen in Raymond’s smile if you think about it; his smile and manner reflects a little mischief, a lot of compassion and sincerity, a person that made lasting friendships. Raymond served God and lived by God’s Word, loved his family deeply and was more generous to those close to him than most will ever know and served his country. If there were more people like him, this world would be a much better place.
May 3, 2021
Many memories of Uncle Raymond, one was of him holding me up as a child in Grandma and Grandpas kitchen to see this old English little bobble-headed man on the shelf. I was fascinated but scared:)
So thankful he shares in the inheritance Jesus bought for us and I will see him and Aunt Betty one day again. Sherry & Butch, Im so sorry I wont be at the service on Thursday, I have long oral surgery that begins at noon that day. I will be with you all in thoughts and prayers.
May 2, 2021
Raymond was such a special Geat Uncle that came to visit his sister Evelyn in Kansas. We always looked forward to his visits to share his horse knowledge. He and Betty were always so warm and welcoming when we visited Tucson. When I was a little girl, I saw him as such a big man
When I got older, I learned just how big that heart of his was. He was so kind and loving.
May 2, 2021
I had three Wilford uncles. All good men, with the emphasis on MEN.
Uncle Raymond will be in my memory as a most humble man. The last time we were together with time to visit was in Monument, KS. We were there for the funeral of my cousin, Melba. It was Memorial Day weekend. The family went to the Oakley Cemetery for Memorial Day services and to visit graves of relatives. As I was watching Raymond, he, not a young man, had brought some soap and water and some cloths, He got down on his hands and knees and began cleaning the grave markers of four of his brothers and sisters who had died in infancy, nearly 70 years previously. The man I had very much respect for became a Giant to me that day.
RIP Uncle Raymond. God's comfort, Butch and Sharon.