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Raymond A Zien, 84, of Georgetown, passed away March 19, 2017, at Hawthorne Inn, Danville, Ill.
He was born June 8, 1932, in the town of Cadott, Wis., the son of Carl and Gladys (Klingbeil) Zien.
He is survived by a son, Daniel (Betty) Zien of Indianapolis; a daughter, Melissa (Rick) Turner of Sedalia, Mo.; three stepdaughters from his marriage to Dorothy (Vanderport) Zien, Thelma (Joe) Grave of Georgetown, Terri (Jeffrey) Hawkins of Yorktown, Va., and Tracey (Keith) Sculle of Sherman; 11 grandchildren, Jenna (Jim) Wirth, Justin Grave, Bob (Trisha) Grave, Louree (Vince) Benavidez, Matthew (Julie) Zien, Tyler (Shannon) Hawkins and Kyle (Stephanie) Hawkins, Chelsea Turner, Sarah (Jae) Kim, Laura Turner, Gracie (Michael) Haugen; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Dorothy; parents; and siblings, Allen R. Zien, Carl J. Zien, Drew (LaVerne Pearson), Genevieve J. (Zien) Patterson, Harold E. Zien and Katherine Karoline Zien.
In 1949, Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed basic training at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kan., and was deployed to Korea. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952. In 1953, Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his tenure, he was stationed at numerous locations including Newfoundland (Canada), South Carolina, Alaska, Michigan, Washington, Missouri and Illinois. In 1969, he was deployed to Vietnam and was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base until August 1970. Raymond retired from the Air Force on March 31, 1971, and was employed at Newport (Ind.) Army Ammunition's Plant until his retirement.
As per his wishes, Ray's body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. A private family memorial will be held at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. He will be laid to rest in Danville National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832, or Georgetown Flag Fund, Georgetown City Hall, 208 S. Walnut St., Georgetown, IL 61846.
Published on  March 27, 2017
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