Alton Perry Raymond - Citrus Heights, Calif.

Alton Perry Raymond - Citrus Heights, Calif.

Alton Perry Raymond, "Big Al," 94, of Arcade Creek Manor, Citrus Heights, Calif., formerly of Lincoln, R.I., retired landscaper, died July 24, 2014, of natural causes.

Alton was born June 3, 1920, in Pawtucket, R.I., a son of the late Henry and Martha (Ross) Raymond. He was the husband of the late Jean L. Raymond. They were married on Oct. 5, 1949, in Lincoln, R.I., and were married for 52 years.

Alton completed school through the 11th grade and later worked as a Lineman for Sayles Manufacturing Co. in Saylesville, R.I.

Alton enlisted in the U.S. Navy for World War II in 1942 and served in all three theaters until he was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a Petty Officer 2nd Class Carpenter’s Mate in charge of C&R on the 1st deck. Vessels and stations served on include: NTS Newport, R.I.; USS Reina Mercedes; R/S Pier 92 NY; USS Wyffels; ATB Fort Pierce, Florida; USS Sloat (DE245); R/S Boston, Mass.; and USN PersSepCen.

After his military service, he worked as a landscaper at Lincoln Tree Expert Company in Lincoln, R.I., and later invented the Raymond Time Saver, a hydro seeder. Alton was a long time resident of Lincoln, R.I., before moving to California in the early 1980s.

Alton is survived by his four children, Patricia (Lew) Barber of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Alton (Linda) Raymond of Placerville, Calif., Sandra (Steve) Ceas of Littleton, Colo., and Ross (Judy) Raymond of Sacramento, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

We wish Petty Officer 2nd Class Carpenter’s Mate Alton Perry Raymond fair winds and following seas.