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Raymond L. Moen
February 1917 October 2009
Ray Moen, 92, of Turlock, passed away Saturday following a brief illness. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Crossroads Church with a private burial.
Ray was born in Spokane, Wash. and lost his father before age two. He, along with his mother and brother, lived there until 1927, when they moved to Turlock. His only brother, Bob, died at age 18.
Ray served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II, coming ashore on Omaha Beach in France on D-day plus seven days. He worked at the Turlock Post Office for 35 years, serving in various management positions and as assistant post master.
He was a charter member of Monte Vista Chapel, serving on its founding board and was the church treasurer for many years as well as participating
in choir and orchestra. He was an excellent musician with perfect pitch, which made him a good piano tuner. He played the violin and the string bass and played in an Army Band with a treasured memory of playing for Charles deGaulle in the Paris Opera House. He played in community orchestras in the 1950s and 1960s, and church orchestras.
In the 1970s, he enjoyed playing the string bass in a small group, the Mountain Valley Edition. Much earlier, he sang in a long-standing male quartet, the Silver Bell Quartet. He attended Crossroads Church of Turlock.
He was a “hobby” carpenter, volunteering his skills to the church and to many in the community, and was an artistic wood worker, creating many wooden games,  puzzles, and other projects for his  family to enjoy. For 25 years, he made 50 pounds of candy at Christmas for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Rosemary Moen; sons, Bob (Lanita)
of Turlock and Tom Moen of Alamo; step children, Dale (Pim) Melgard of Las Vegas, Paul (Carrie) Melgard of Turlock, Janelle (Mike) Meredith, of Seattle, Wash. and Karen (Alan) Nutcher of Minneapolis, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Evelyn.
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