SALEM - Warner "Ray" Lawson, Sr., age 87, of Salem, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. He was born January 22, 1925 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a son of the late Fred and Annie (McGinley) Lawson.
Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 3rd Engineering Battalion and 3rd Marine Division in World War II in both Iwo Jima and Guam. He graduated from Youngstown State College in 1950 with a bachelors of science in business and was a member of Alpha Tau Gamma.
Before his retirement, Ray was a chairman of the board for Adolph Johnson and Sons, where he had worked for them starting in 1952 as an accountant.
Ray was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Springfield, Elks Lodge and Downtown Kiwanis Club. He was a member of Salem Golf Club and was known for his ability at every course he played on. He won many awards for his passion and love of golf. Ray lived for his family, his extended family at work and the golf course.
Ray leaves behind his beloved wife, the forever Betty Lee (Siegrist) Lawson, whom he married in 1947. He also leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Joyce A. Lawson and companion Roger Wilson of Pulaski, Pa.; a son, Warner R. Lawson Jr. of Poland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jackie (JJ) Dechellis, Jeremy Ray (Jennifer) Lawson, and Jerry (Penny) Phillips; and five great-grandchildren, Marlo, Dante and James V. Dechellis, Austin Lawson and Preston Phillips.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Aimee Raymond officiating. Full military honors provided by Salem Honor Guard will follow the service at the funeral home. Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem Golf Club Memorial Fund, 1967 South Lincoln Avenue, Salem, Ohio 44460 or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
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