Resident Spotlight

Raymond R. Lawson




Ray was born on May 15, 1920 in Ottumwa, Iowa.  His parents’ names were Clell and Cecile Marie (Hatfield).  He was the oldest of 3 brothers, both deceased.  Ray graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1938 and was inducted into the Army Signal Corps on July 1, 1942.  He was transferred to the Air Corps and attended the community college in Kansas City for a radio class, he was then chosen to study a secret system called Radar at West Palm Beach, Florida.

Ray had known his wife Lucille (Breon) since they were kids.  They were married while he was on furlough, June 16, 1944.  Lucille followed Ray to Air Bases in Tampa, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Fresno, California; and Salt Lake City, Utah.  He transferred to Seattle, Washington; Anchorage, Alaska; and island hopped the Aleutian Islands to Attu.  Ray and Lucille lived in Davenport, Iowa for 30 years; they have one son Mark.  They moved to Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until coming to Sunrise Villa Assisted Living on July 4, 2006.  Lucille passed away on November 17, 2012.  Ray moved to Mill Valley Care Center on August 21, 2017.  He has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, whom he loves very much.