Kenai resident Raymond Claude Elledge died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 88.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 15, at the Kenai First Baptist Church, 12815 Kenai Spur Highway. Pastor Robin Davis will officiate.
Military honors will be provided by VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20. Graveside services will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 18, at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Elledge was born Jan. 28, 1920, to William Henry and Nancy Rosa (Willyard) Elledge in Antlers, Okla. He had five brothers and two sisters and was raised in Houston. Mr. Elledge served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged July 3, 1945. He worked as a United States postal carrier for 22 years in Mesa, Ariz., from which he retired September 1980. Due to an illness he lived with his daughter, and son-in-law for the last seven years in Kenai.
"He said that God brought them all here to Alaska because it was the closest thing to the Garden of Eden that he'd ever seen. Those who knew him loved him for his great love for the Lord. He always had a smile and an upbeat outlook on life. All those that came to visit him left feeling as though they had been blessed. We take comfort in knowing he is home in heaven rejoicing," his family said.
Mr. Elledge was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Elledge; five brothers; and one sister.
He is survived by his daughter, Faye Pierce and her husband, Bob, of Kenai; stepson, Jerry Welch and his wife, Terri, of Bryan, Texas; sister, Thelma Hyder, of Houston; grandchildren, Randy, Rusty, Ronda, Jerry and Bryan; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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