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Raymond Clyde Ferguson: 1931-2024

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Raymond Clyde Ferguson, known affectionately as Ray, peacefully passed away on June 24, 2024, at the age of 92. Born on November 19, 1931, in Bell in Los Angeles County, California, Ray was the son of William and Doris Francis (Loudon) Ferguson. He spent his formative years in sunny Southern California with his late brothers Richard and Robert. Ray graduated from Bell High School in 1949 and later served honorably in the Air Force.

Following his military service, Ray embarked on a successful career in sheet metal fabrication. In the 1970s, he and his wife Margaret "Peggy" (Rolph) Ferguson relocated to Brier, Washington, where they made their home together until her passing in 1992. Ray was a man of diverse interests and passions. He was an avid collector of stamps, coins and a proud member of the classic Mustang Club. Ray had a knack for games, particularly cribbage, often enjoying lively rounds with family and friends.

Upon retiring, he and Virginia Waldroup, a long-time partner, dedicated time as volunteers at the Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store, where he was known as the go-to person for watch repairs. Ray’s skills were matched by his generosity and community spirit. He remained a lifelong baseball enthusiast and followed his favorite sports teams passionately.

In 2018, Ray moved to assisted-living at Vineyard Park Mountlake Terrace, often sporting vibrant handmade Hawaiian shirts that reflected his optimistic spirit. In 2024, Ray moved to Bea’s Caring Home in Marysville where he received loving care from Bintou and her skilled caregivers, kindly assisted by Hospice of Snohomish County.

Raymond Clyde Ferguson is survived by his devoted niece, Dee McCallum, her husband, their daughters, other family members and close friends. Ray will be remembered for his wit, sharp mind, and impeccable appearance, dedication to craftmanship, and ability to bring smiles to those around him. He was a true gentleman and will be deeply missed.