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Raymond Laflin

Raymond E. Laflin died peacefully July 30 after a short stay at Springhill Manor in Grass Valley.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8, at New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley. A celebration of life will follow at 2 p.m. in the Recreation Center at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley.

Mr. Laflin was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Grandview, Wash., to John Albert and Carrie Della Laflin. He was the youngest of five children. He spent his early years in Washington, Calif., and Idaho. In 1941 he graduated from Parma High School in Idaho. After one semester of college, he joined the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He served the first part of the war as a Torpedoman on PT Boats, and was a member of the crew that picked up John F. Kennedy’s PT 109 survivors. During the latter part of the war, he served on the sub-tender “Anthedon.”

Mr. Laflin made his home in California after his discharge in 1945. He graduated from Heald’s Business College and worked for Bank of America until his retirement in 1984. He and his wife, Helen (Peg) Allaway, were married in 1956 and lived in San Jose until 2003, when they moved into a home in Eskaton Village. He enjoyed his family, camping, traveling, the ocean, Lake Tahoe, and ancient history. He was a member of SIRS and the Civil War Roundtable for many years.

Mr. Laflin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Laflin of Grass Valley; son, Raymond Jr. of Nevada City; daughter, Barbara Ericksen of Reno, Nev.; grandsons Brian, Matthew and Christopher Ericksen; sister, Eula Scott; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Olivia Allaway; 11 nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

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