Raymond L. Smith, 89 of Denair, passed away Thursday at Elness Convalescent Hospital. Mr. Smith was born in February 1921 in Maximo, Ohio, to the late Harry and Bertie Smith. He was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1942, and received his honorable discharge in 1946. He came to California in 1964, and married Rose Smith in 1973. They lived in the Russian River area until they settled in Denair seven years ago. He owned Rays Refrigeration for over 45 years. He belonged to the V.F.W. of Monte Rio, and enjoyed shooting a game of pool.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rose Smith of Denair; daughter, Virginia Petty of Turlock; sons, Walter Martinez of Denair and Michael Martinez of Pittsburg, Calif.; sister, Rita Ullmann; and sister-in-law, Maybelle Smith. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Smith; and son-in-law, Danny Petty.
A private burial will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
Allen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements; please share your memories at www.allenmortuary.com.