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BIXBY, Raymond Wilson 1919-2008

BIXBY, PATTERSON, SOLDWISCH, BUSH, BELL, THOMPSON, BUCHHOLZ, ANDERSON

Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 1/18/2015 at 00:54:45

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Friday, June 6, 2008]

CEDAR FALLS - Raymond Wilson Bixby, age 89, of Cedar Falls and formerly of Clarksville, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at the Bickford Cottage in Cedar Falls, a very special thank you to the administration and staff.

Ray was born on Feb. 23, 1919, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of William H. and Grace A. Patterson Bixby. He was raised in Waterloo and attended Waterloo East High School. Ray then worked at numerous jobs before going to work at John Deere in Waterloo in 1947. He retired from John Deere in 1981. Ray also farmed in the Clarksville area for many years. Ray was united in marriage to Isabelle Soldwisch on Sept. 8, 1940, on the family farm in rural Waverly, Iowa. Isabelle passed away in 1987. On March 10, 1988, Ray was united in marriage to Frances Bush at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Frances passed away in 2003.

Ray was a member of the First Church of the Open Bible in Waterloo and was a 4-H leader for the Jackson Beavers in Bremer County for twelve years. Ray's enjoyments included spending time with his family and playing and watching sports, where his favorite teams were the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ray's memory is honored by his two sons, Dick (Mary) Bixby of Galena, Ill., and Bruce (Becky) Bixby of Clarksville, a daughter, Carolyn (Darrel) Bell of Lone Tree, four stepsons, James (Margaret) Bush of St. Charles, Mo., Gerald Bush of Austin, Texas, the Rev. Samuel (Marcia) Bush of Jasonville, Ind., and the Rev. Ronald (Debbie) Bush of Galatin, Tenn., a stepdaughter, Colleen (Bill) Thompson of Iowa City, a brother, Carlyle Bixby of Waterloo, two sisters, Laura (Roger) Buchholz of Cedar Falls and Wanda (George Peterson) Anderson of Cedar Falls, 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and sisters, both wives and a granddaughter, Brooke Kerns.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the First Church of the Open Bible in Waterloo. Following lunch, burial will be at the Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. A memorial has been established to the Diabetes Foundation.


 

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