Ray Marvin Leggitt, 89, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Sarcoxie Nursing Center in Sarcoxie, Mo.
Ray was born Feb. 22, 1924 in McDonald County, Mo., to Henry and Elizabeth Green Leggitt. He served during World War II in the 86th Black Hawk Division.
His awards included Expert Infantry Man Badge, Combat Infantry Man Badge, the American Theater Service ribbon, The Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, The European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory medal.
As a young man our dad lived a life of adventure. He was a licensed pilot, he road motorcycles across the country, including his and mom’s honeymoon.
He raced modified stock cars until 1966. Dad owned and operated an archery range along Center Creek, outside Carthage. He taught us to hunt with a bow and a rifle.
We also learned the joy of grease taking apart an engine. He loved building both houses and detailed wood projects.
He was a stone mason who sent us back to the pasture stone pile endless times for just the right shaped rock. Ray worked 28 years for Hercules.
Our father passed on valuable life skills to us and freely shared his many talents with friends and extended family. Thank you, dad.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, beloved son Richard and wife Gloria Anderson Leggitt.
Ray’s family includes three daughters Victoria Leggitt, Linda Brasfield and Dorrain Laughlin. He has three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray moved to Sarcoxie Nursing Center in 2008 where he received wonderful care, being lovingly spoiled by the nursing and ancillary staff. We are so grateful to you all.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Ulmer Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences maybe sent at www.ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.