Raymond S. Shelmandine, Jr. December 29, 1936 – November 3, 2023, Raymond S. Shelmandine, Jr., age 86, of Crestview, FL passed away on Friday, November 3rd, at North Okaloosa Medical Center with his daughters at his side. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and cherished friend, whose absence will leave a tremendous void. Raymond (Ray) was born in Amsterdam, New York to Raymond and Ella Shelmandine.
Ray served in the United States Air Force for four years as Dog Handler for the Military Police. He then moved to Louisville, New York where he was a dairy farmer for the next 25 years. He left dairy farming to work for the Louisville Highway Department as a heavy equipment and snowplow operator. He and his wife, Gail, were long-time members of the Louisville Community Church. Upon his retirement, he fulfilled a long-ago promise to his wife never to spend another winter where it snowed. They became snowbirds with a summer home in Pulaski, New York and a winter home in Sunlake Estates, Grand Island, FL. Ray enjoyed people, he collected new friends wherever he went, he loved country music and dancing, was an avid turkey and deer hunter his whole life, but most of all his family were his pride and joy.
Ray was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Gail (Johnston) Shelmandine, in February of 2013, his parents, Raymond and Ella Shelmandine, his in-laws, Howard and Ida Mae Johnston, and his brother, James Shelmandine.
Ray is survived by his three daughters, Sherry Kline, Syracuse, NY, Kathy (Bruce) Thompson, Crestview, FL, and Marsha (Ray) Dillabough, Milton, FL; 6 grandchildren, Joshua (Hailey) Kline, Kyrie Kline, Evan (Taylor) Thompson, Justin Parow, Tyler (Tyler) Parow-Meyers; and Chase Thompson (Kimberly Minor); 6 great grandchildren, Bentley Parow, Chase Parow, Keaton Thompson, Jackson Kline, Wrenley Thompson and Kylie Beach, his brother, Gerald (Connie) Shelmandine, sister, Sandra Szabo, sister-in-law, Carol Shelmandine, along with numerous cousins and dear friends.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th, at Brackney Funeral Service in Crestview, FL.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the dedicated staff at Eden at Crestview, as well as the North Okaloosa Medical Center, for their support and kindness throughout this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that donations be made to The American Heart Association or The National Wild Turkey Federation.
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