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Raymond Elmer Mann

April 23, 1932 ~ September 3, 2020 (age 88)

Obituary

Raymond Elmer Mann, 88 of Saucier, hung up his saddle at his home Wednesday afternoon, September 2nd. He was born April 23, 1932 in Olivet, Kansas, the middle of three children to Elmer Elvin and Florence (Belt) Mann. He grew up a mid-western farm boy, working in fields and feed lots from an early age. Aside from his academic exploits, Ray was a banner roll student in the school of hard knocks. In what spare time he had, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking, but the best way to describe his interests is "fast cars, bucking broncos and loose women." Being around farms and cattle, Raymond got into rodeoing, riding Brahma bulls, and as a teenage cowboy, Raymond met Velma Sue Walker. She managed to get a bridle firmly on him and they were married June 6, 1954. The couple made their home there in Kansas for a short time. Later they moved to Washington state, spending the next 40 years there while he worked as a foreman for Keiser. In 2005, they moved to Saucier where they could enjoy retirement, before riding off into the sunset. Raymond lived life to the fullest and continued to enjoy the outdoors and woodworking. He would spend some time at the casinos and have an occasional drink along they way. He is fondly remembered just as described, but a more loving, hard working husband and father you could not find. He will definitely be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Raymond was preceded by his parents, Elmer E. and Florence Mann; his son James Ray Mann; and both his sisters, Edna Litzel and Leona Hixon. Left to carry on his fond memories are: his loving wife of sixty-six years, Velma Sue; their children, Jane Mann of Spanaway, WA and Georgia Mackinnon and Tom (Billie) Mann, both of Saucier. He leaves a legacy of six grandchildren: James, Tara and Joseph Mann, Candy Adams, Connie and Karen Ray, with three great-grands and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Raymond's final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. A celebration of his life will be held at their home, with all who knew and loved him invited to attend. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Mann family in their time of need and asks everyone to keep Sue and the family lifted up in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days. Happy trails ya'll...

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