Donald Lewis Raymond, 94, passed away peacefully with family by his side at his home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on April 10, 2020. The family is having a private burial at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Don was born in Blue Springs, Missouri on April 13, 1925 to Louis and Lena Lee “Daisy” (Cole) Raymond. Don was raised on a farm just outside Lee’s Summit. He grew up happy as an only child, helping his dad on the farm while learning to trap and hunt at only eight or nine years old. His early years helped solidify his love for nature and science which he would go on to build his life’s career in as a professor of Geology while also creating his own small business, Earth Science Educator’s Supply.
Don is preceded in death by the love of his life, Jacqueline (Buchanan) Raymond. Don and Jackie were married on August 4, 1944 shortly before he shipped out for his service with the United States Army in the Pacific during World War II. Before Don left, Jackie gave him a pure silver dollar that her father had given her with her birth year on it. Don carried that coin in his pocket all through WWII and every day of his life until the very end. The coin was rubbed completely smooth on both sides but remained a true token of their love that would see 70 beautiful years of marriage and five loving children.
Don leaves behind his daughter, Sandra (Lawrence) Erdile; and four sons, Douglas (Diana) Raymond, Stephen (Susan) Raymond, Jonathan (Elaine) Raymond, and David (Cheryl) Raymond. In addition, Don’s 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren mourn his loss.
Don wore many hats in his lif: son, husband, soldier, student, father, teacher, grandfather, but mostly Christian. As a young boy he had dreams of being a preacher and although life took him in a different direction, he never wavered in his faith. Don was a proud Christian man that truly loved his church, the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit. He attended every Sunday until he was unable.
Donald Lewis Raymond was a brilliant man full of love, stories, and some of the most fantastic ideas. He will be deeply missed and always deeply loved.
Homemade ice cream will never taste the same again.
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”