Raymond Edwin Parry, Jr.
Raymond Parry, Jr. 78, passed away on May 17. 2020 in Fort Myers, FL For the last several years, he has resided at Pacific Senior Living-Fort Myers. FL.
Raymond leaves behind a sister, Ellen Tresch; a brother, Michael Parry; as well as nieces, Linda (Jim) Wanhala, Chris (Dave) Demmin and Laurie Tresch.
He is predeceased by his father, Raymond E. Parry and mother, Virginia L. Parry. Also deceased, is his wife, Linda Hoeh Parry.
Raymond had a storied 20 year carrier in the US Air Force. He was a flight engineer on and C141 cargo plane and a traveled all over the world. He later worked in Club management and lived and worked in places such as Japan, Germany, Spain and Greece.
Ray was famous for always having a story about his many escapades.
Most notably, during the Vietnam War, Ray was at Da Nang airport during the bombing there. Years later, during the Cold War, he took part in a secret mission that flew into Russia to help an American who needed a blood transfusion. The story called “Russian Blood” was written about in the Readers Digest. As an honor, Ray received the “Air force Commendation Medal” for his participation in this mission.
After his retirement, Ray managed a Red Lobster restaurant in Milwaukee, WI where he met and married his wife, Linda Hoeh. Later he worked in the used printing equipment business, working closely with his brother Mike. After moving to Florida for a time, he and Linda eventually went to live in Tennessee. After Linda passed away, Ray went back to Florida.
We will all greatly miss he gregarious nature, his stories and sense of humor.
No memorial service is planned at this time but may be held at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemoorial.com
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.