American Veteran 04

William Edward Raygor

October 15, 1940 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 80)


William "Bill" Raygor, 80, passed from this life on August 25, 2021. Bill was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, to parents William and Virginia Raygor. He moved with his family to the Houston area at age 8. Bill left high school early to join the Navy in 1959 where he served aboard the aircraft carrier, Saratoga  After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill went back to work for Sakowitz, where he met Cheryl, the girl who would eventually  become his wife. He began attending worship services with her at Nordling church of Christ, where he was baptized in April of 1963. He and Cheryl married in July of 1963.  Shortly after his marriage, Bill decided he wanted to finish high school and enrolled in night classes at San Jacinto Junior College. He earned his high school diploma on his daughter's first birthday. While working as a stationary engineer, he became fascinated with the workings of ale and heating equipment In 1976, he earned his Associate in Applied Science. He was an avid student who worked hard to achieve his goals, working a full time job and attending classes at night when on the day shift; mornings when he was on evening shift, and evenings when he worked night shift He retired from Celanese Chemical Plant as the supervisor over the ale and heating department that he started when hired in 1978. Anyone who had an ale question knew Bill was the man to call.

After his retirement he became interested in classic cars, drawing him to purchase a Model A and join the Model A club of Houston. A few years later he purchased a 2004 Pacific Coast Thunderbird, #471 of only 1000 that were manufactured. He was a member of the Thunderbird club and enjoyed various outings and activities. One of his favorites was being a driver at the Mecum Auction.

 Bill was preceded in death by his son Kenneth; sister Martha, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Cheryl; daughter Dede and husband Russell; son Gary and wife Tara; grandsons: Kendal, Brendan, and Kenneth; granddaughter Celia; great granddaughter Ava, and his cousin and best friend since childhood Robert.

 A remembrance service is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 1:00pm at the gravesite in Oak Park Cemetery.

 "When I wake up in the morning I ask myself

How will I get through this day Without you


As I dress and prepare to start my day I wonder

How will I go on Without You


As the day slowly slips away

I remember how you made me laugh And I smile

Without you


At the end of the day

As I prepare to close my eyes I know in my heart

I couldn't have gotten through the day Without you."


- author unknown

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Graveside Service
August 31, 2021

1:00 PM
Oak Park Cemetery
300 Oak Park Drive
Alvin, TX 77511

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