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Raymond 'Ray' Gaswint

American Hero, Beloved Father and Grandfather

Ray Gaswint passed away December 6, 2015 at the Roseburg Veteran’s Hospital. Ray was born November 25, 1940 to Jonathon and Mary (Hamilton) Gaswint.

After completing his education, Ray enlisted in the United States Navy serving as an EMCS (Electricians Mate, Senior Chief) and retired in 1987. He served aboard the USS Constant, and after his retirement, enjoyed attending the MSO-427 reunions and visiting with his mates.

Ray truly was an American hero.  While in the service of our country, in the Navy, he received the following commendations:  the Navy Achievement Medal; Naval Good Conduct Medal with 2-star Devices; the Navy Expeditionary Medal; A National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; the Naval Humanitarian Medal; and the Naval Service Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  

After retirement, Ray went to work for Lithia Motors and also drove a truck for his brother, Jack in White City, where he had settled and become involved in community volunteerism and activisim. He also enjoyed traveling, and showing his restored 1956 Ford F-100 truck, that he had rebuilt himself.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Katherine “Katie” Jones; his two granddaughters, Kristina and Sabrina; and his two great-grandsons, Ethan and Eli; and several nieces, nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jack Gaswint; and his sister, Margarite Moffitt.

A graveside military honor service will take place at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Roseburg National Cemetery.