Raymond Paul Poyner, 80, passed away Aug. 14, 2007 in Prescott, Ariz.
Raymond was born Sept. 10, 1926 in Cowgill, to Raymond Thornton and Claudine (Coffman) Poyner. He married Betty Marie Tweedie on Sept. 1, 1949.
Raymond grew up in Caldwell and Ray Counties and attended the Stet schools. He entered the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps in June of 1944. As a cadet, he served on the merchant ship Afoundria that carried troops to the battle of Okinawa in April 1945. After he graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. in Dec. 1946, he immediately went to sea as an engine room second officer. In Sept. 1947, he entered the University of Missouri Engineering School, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 1951. From 1953 to 1955, he served as an active-duty lieutenant in the Navy Reserve. For over twenty years, he worked for the Caterpillar Tractor Company and International Harvester Company developing diesel truck engines. He also worked for United Technologies Systems in Conn. for eight years as a quality engineer. He retired in 1991 and moved to Prescott, Ariz., where he was active in local politics, and was an avid hiker and tennis player.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty; three children, Kay Poyner Brown of Brookfield, Ill., Russell Poyner of Madison, Wis., and Richard Poyner of Acton, Mass.; one brother, Wallace Poyner of Higginsville; and five grandchildren.
His parents preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter, 202 East McDowell Rd., Suite 277, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 19 from 7 to 8:00 pm. at the Thurman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m., at the Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will be at Richmond Memory Gardens.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home.