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NORRIDGEWOCK -- Ray mond Landry Jr., 73, of Norridgewock, went to heaven to meet his children's mom at the pearly gates where she's been waiting with open arms to welcome him to his new journey of life. He was surrounded by his children and family at his home the morning of Aug. 11, 2013, when he lost his battle to cancer.

Raymond was born in Norridgewock on Sept. 15, 1939, on the Sandy River Road at his grandmother's house, the son of the late Raymond Landry Sr. and the late Louise A. (Tuttle) Landry.

Raymond attended school at Norridgewock Central Grade School. After his schooling he was employed by Norrwock Shoe in Norridgewock until going to work for Lucas Tree Co. After turning 18, he joined the Navy on April 15, 1957, and was classified as a seaman until he was honorably discharged April 29, 1958.

After returning home he went to work for the state of Maine and Norrwock Shoe in Skowhegan for a short time. In late 1959, he started work at Scott Paper in Madison, which became Kennebec Pulp and Paper and then Madison Paper Industries. He worked 44 years for the paper company. He retired in September 2003. He then fulfilled his lifetime dream to join his son Mickey and built a race car for Unity Raceway. He also enjoyed being with his family for any gatherings, riding his motorcycle and 4-wheelers with sons and nephews, going to the race track to watch his sons and grandsons race. He very much enjoyed his sons-in-law singing and playing guitars. He also enjoyed working in his garage doing mechanic work for family and friends. The last few months of his life, even when he was feeling his worst, he'd take time to go out and have coffee with his friends from the mill at the Anson Restaurant.

In April 1961, he married Rebecca J. Austin. He raised and is survived by four children: Ricky A. Austin Sr. and wife Tracy of Norridgewock, Vickie L. Davis and husband Gerald, of Norridgewock, Mary L. Davis and husband David, of Bingham, and Mickey A. Landry Sr. and wife Kelly, of Anson; and a stepson, James E. Carrigan and wife Veronica, of Norridgewock.

He is also survived by five sisters: Ella Knox, of Norridgewock, Alice Austin, of Livermore Falls, Mildred Simonds, of Hartland, Alberta Cody, of Anson, and Gertrude Orff, of Skowhegan; and five brothers: William Landry, of Starks, Carlton Landry and Fred Landry, both of Norridgewock, Earl Landry, of Somerville, and Richard Landry, of Canton. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren: Ricky Jr. and wife Tracey, of Smithfield, Raejeania and husband Rickey, of Clinton, Rebecca and husband Chad, of Anson, and Shawn, Desiree, Richard, of Norridgewock, Ashley, of Fairfield, Charles, of Skowhegan, Mickey Jr., of Madison, Nicholas, of Auburn, and Christopher, of Madison; four step-grandchildren: Haley, Tabitha, Daniel and Issac, of Norridgewock; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by twin infant brothers and one infant sister; and brother Leland Landry. In 2003, he was predeceased by wife Hope Carrigan.

For the past 10 years, he shared his home on Walker Road with Raylene Porter and her two sons, Lucas and Travis. He also had life-long friends he loved and enjoyed, Pete Churchill, Murray Wallace, Albert Coro and many more.

The family would like to thank HealthReach Hospice for the care they provided for our dad. Special thanks to Gwen, Kelly, Hollie and November, Hospice RNs. A special thanks to New Balance for its generous donation on behalf of Rebecca Steeber and Tracey Austin.

The celebration of life will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the American Legion, 20 South Maple St., Madison. Graveside follows at Sunset Cemetery in Norridgewock.

Cremation arrangements are under the care of Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison.

All donations may be made to Giberson Funeral Home; 696-8081.

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Published in Central Maine from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2013