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January 15, 1925 - June 18, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Colonel (Ret.) Raymond John Scoufos passed away on June 18, 2013 in Oklahoma City at the age of 88. Ray was born to the marriage of Harry George Scoufos, a Greek immigrant, and the former Iva May Ellexson of Oklahoma City on January 15, 1925. Shortly thereafter the family of five moved from Oklahoma City to Okemah, OK where his father operated a successful restaurant. The family was active in community activities and the First Christian Church. In his school days Ray excelled in football, baseball and wrestling in Okemah and at the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, OK. He loved music and played the clarinet in the Okemah High School Band. He loved people, and remained active throughout his life in Okemah and O.M.A. activities. He remained in touch with as many of his lifelong friends as possible. He was inducted into the Okemah Hall of Fame in 1990. Colonel Scoufos joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He served with the 3rd Marine Division on Guam and Iwo Jima where he witnessed the iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi. His recollections of his Marine Corps experiences remained clear throughout his lifetime. He often recounted names, dates, descriptions and events, and gave presentations complete with pictures he personally had taken while in the Pacific. He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps Association. Upon his return from WWII Raymond enrolled in the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. There he met and married Billie June Stone of Frederick, OK on December 15, 1946. The couple then moved to Okemah where Ray joined the 45th Infantry Division's 180th Infantry Regiment, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. He was activated for Federal Service and served in the Korean War with the "Fighting Forty Fifth". Upon returning he became a career officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, serving in Okemah, Ada, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He also served active duty tours at Ft. Sam Houston Texas and Ft. Benjamin Harrison Indiana. Upon retiring in 1981 Ray remained active in military association activities. He was appointed by Gov. George Nigh to serve as Director of the Oklahoma State Selective Service. He and Billie remained members of he Greens Country Club where he enjoyed many years of golf and other club activities. He continued reaching out to include friends and family in many activities he helped to plan and conduct. Raymond is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Billie; his son, Vincent and his wife Tina of Grand Lake; his daughter, Ramona Harbour and her husband Steve of Littleton, CO; his four grandchildren, Lezley Lynch and family of Edmond, Steven Scoufos and family of Bethany, Valerie LeVier and family of Littleton, CO and Rebekah Harbour and her significant other Travis Harbert of Littleton, CO; his step-grandchildren, Monica Transier and family of Sparta, NJ, Nicole Harbour of Houston, TX, Ryan McKenzie and family of Quito, Ecuador and Molly Crouch and family of Edmond; as well as his cousin, Paulette Duncan of Okemah; his nephew, Doug Scoufos of Hawaii, his great nephew, Harry Scoufos, IV of Sallisaw; his niece, Alicia Burroughs of Lafayette, CO; and nephew, Steve Young of Colorado; numerous cousins of Greek descent in Detroit, Michigan as well as 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.G. and Iva Scoufos; his brother, H.G. Scoufos, Jr.; his sister, Mina Young; and nephew, Harry Scoufos, III. A celebration of Raymond's life of devoted service to his family, friends, State and Nation will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23rd, in the Chapel of Vondel L. Smith Mortuary North, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd. Visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24th, in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK. Memorials may be made to: The First Christian Church, Attn: Phillip McMahan, P.O. Box 602, Okemah, OK 74859 or The 45th Infantry Division Association Educational Fund, 2145 NE 36th, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

Published in The Oklahoman on June 20, 2013
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