Raymond L. Shuler, 100, of Effingham, formerly of Olney, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Effingham.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home in Olney. Burial was in Crest Haven Memorial Park. Visitation was held hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
Ray was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Jennings, Oklahoma, the son of William and Grace Shuler. Ray was employed by the Pure Oil Company and Union Oil Company for 41 years (1939-1980). He also worked as a bookkeeper at Shuler Tractor Service in Noble for 25 years.
Ray served in the U.S. Army for 5½ years during WWII and the Korean War and then served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 5 more years. Ray enjoyed family vacations and family gatherings. He took pleasure in helping family members with their home projects. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals games.
Ray was a deacon and treasurer at the Olney Southern Baptist Church for 35 years. He treasured the pocket watch he received from the Veterans and the afghan he received from President Obama when he turned 100 years old.
Ray was a member of the Olney Southern Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church in Effingham.
He married Anna LaVange, of Dunlap, on August 18, 1946, in Albion. She survives.
Ray is survived by wife of 70 years, LaVange Shuler, of Effingham; sons, Larry Ray Shuler, and his wife Pat, of Oklahoma City, OK; William Arthur Shuler, and his wife Cheryl, of Effingham, IL; Jack Wayne Shuler, and his wife Jean, of Columbia; and Dale Roland Shuler, and his wife Carla, of Carmi; and 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Eddie, Stanley and Jack; sisters, Lucille Lawson and Leona Shuler; and son, James Allen Shuler.