Raymond Paul Donaldson, 90, of Morgantown, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
Raymond was born in Harding on Jan. 31, 1928, a son of the late Ray G. and Elizabeth Ferrell Donaldson.
Raymond served his country, first, in the US Army and later in the US Air Force until his retirement after a 20 year service that spanned through World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Germany during World War II, where he was the honor guard for General Mark Clark. He also started an orphanage in Jeju Island, a small island off of the Yellow Sea. Throughout his military career, Raymond received many awards and honors that he and his family were very proud of.
After his retirement from the military, Raymond worked at Bethlehem Steel, in Baltimore, and later he was an associate engineer for the West Virginia Department of Highways. In his retirement, he worked as a consultant for CTL Concrete, where he designed cement for the hospital and parking garage.
In his free time, Raymond was an avid reader and a sketch artist, filling up many books with his art. He was loving and compassionate, and was a mentor and father figure to many. Family was most important to him, and he will be missed dearly.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jacqulyn James Donaldson; daughters, Beth Ann Michael and husband, Richard, of Rivesville, and Amy Rae (Wilson) Miller and husband, Edward Webster Miller, of Morgantown; grandchildren, Jacqulyn M. Wilson, Robert A. Wilson Jr., Amanda Emily Tustin, and Richard Samuel Michael and wife, Emileigh; great-grandchildren, Makayla Evans, Quentin M. Jordan, Madison Evans, Peyton A. Wilson and Willow G. Wilson; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his son, Lucas Paul Donaldson; and sisters, Josephine Sampson, Betty Hines and Jeanette Donaldson.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff at WVU Family Medicine, WVU Heart Institute and Amedisys Hospice for their love, care and compassion during Raymond’s time of need.
Friends may gather at McCulla Funeral Home from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, until the 11 a.m. funeral service. Burial will follow at Arnettsville Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the Westover VFW Post 9916 and the US Air Force.