Raymond Paul Gallant

GALVESTON, TEXAS — Raymond Paul Gallant, retired master sergeant, 64, of Galveston, Texas, passed away June 4, 2013, after a long, fierce battle with cancer. Raymond Paul Gallant “Raymie” was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Skowhegan.

He graduated from Ellsworth High School, Class of ’67. “Raymie,” as he was known in Lamoine, loved baseball, golf, fishing and the Red Sox. He spent many a summer playing ball in the field next to his home, and afternoons of cribbage on rainy days, with his childhood friends. Raymond was married to Patricia Gallant. They were married 27 years, and were inseparable. They traveled, cruised and enjoyed countless matches of Yahtzee. Raymond joined the Air Force in 1968, during the Vietnam War, and retired from military service in 1993. He and his wife then moved to Parsons, Kan., where he attended school at Labette Community College. He earned four associate degrees ranging from computers to accounting. He continued his love of golf, and baseball throughout his life.

Raymond is survived by spouse, Patricia Gallant; four stepdaughters, Theresa Haarmeyer and husband, Kenneth, Deborah Lake and husband, Jeff, Cynthia Twilla and husband, Martin, and Jacqueline Cain and fiancé, Chris Wintz. Raymond had 10 stepgrandchildren, and 14 step- great-grandchildren. He has one surviving uncle, Monty Raymond, of Orange City, Fla.; and many close friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Davis; and his stepfather, Ralph Davis.

A memorial service with Military Flag ceremony will be held at Houston Veterans Cemetery at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Make a Wish Foundation of Maine.

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