Raymond H. Stoddard
April 04, 1930 - December 14, 2021
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Hunstville, Alabama

Visitation 12/21/2021
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 12/21/2021
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 12/21/2021
Evergreen Cemetery

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Raymond Harold Stoddard, Jr. entered life on April 4, 1930 in Red Oak, Iowa. Born to Lola Mamie Briggs and Raymond Harold Stoddard. Known as “Junior” to family and Red Oak friends, he passed December 14, 2021, at Huntsville, Alabama, from incidents of heart failure and old age.

Early educators taught him the thrill of learning and the power of education with Raymond graduating from Red Oak High School in the class of 1948. He attended the University of Omaha and later graduated from Iowa State Teachers College. United Sates Navy service began at Airman Prep School at Norman, Oklahoma, Aerographer’s School at Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Fleet Weather Central at Seattle, Washington, and Agana, Guam.

Ray, a tuba player, met Laura Dial, a flutist, in Red Oak, one summer at the band concerts on the square. They dated, attending missionary meetings, as both investigated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and later joined. They married December 22, 1952 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple.

After his Navy service, he instructed high school Industrial Arts and Drafting at Macksburg, Iowa, Westin and Lebanon, Oregon, and Navajo Community College in Many Farms, Arizona. Enjoying upper-level instruction to dedicated career students, Ray returned to school earning his Master and Doctorate Degree at Arizona State University. He taught at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico and Texas State Technical Institute in Amarillo.

He and Laura served the people of Zimbabwe as educational missionaries.

Always learning and developing new hobbies, Raymond could also be called: Pianist, Organist, Beekeeper, Potter, Genealogist, Wire Structure Artist, Composer, and Writer. He loved to hunt and fish.

Preceding him in death were his sweet wife, Laura; older brother, Jack Clayton; his parents; youngest brother, Darold; sister-in-law’s: Sally and Colleen; son-in-law, Spencer Barrett; and granddaughter, Lindsey Stoddard. Ray is survived by his children: Denise Barrett, Beth Collins (Dale), Ivan Stoddard (Sherri), Reed Stoddard, and Grant Stoddard (KayLyn); a brother, Wayne Stoddard; sister-in-law, JoAnn Lasley; brother-in-law, Glen Hawkins; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the funeral.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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