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Raymon Francis Low

June 7, 1922 ~ October 23, 2019 (age 97)

Obituary

Raymon (Ray) Francis Low, 97 years old was called home to the Lord, October
23, 2019, in Carmichael California. He left this life with a full heart, nourished with
love of family and friends. Born in Chicago, Illinois 1922, to Clarabell and Raymon O.
Low, the family made the big move west to the Arizona sunshine in 1926, by way of
Jerome, and settling in Phoenix around 1929. He was the second oldest of seven
children, four girls and three boys. The family lived near 20 th St. and Thomas Road
and, from this place, he would go on to school, learn to fly an aircraft in St. George,
Utah, and serve his country in the United States Army Air Corps (before there was
the USAF) in the WWII Burma Theater. Returning to Phoenix, he built a life as a
printer and retired 42 years later from the Arizona Republic Newspaper, where he
worked as Composing Room supervisor/manager. Making the big move to
Scottsdale in 1975, he was introduced to the “love of his life” Carol, and they married
in 1977. They traveled the world together, spending time at their cabin at Hawley
Lake, and later, their place in Munds Park. Always together, they enjoyed playing
bridge (he was a master), working in the yard, entertaining with friends, and spending
lots of family time. Ray was preceded in death by his son Ron Low, his daughter
Karen Butterfield, son-in-law Pete Perkins, and siblings Elaine, Gene, Dorothy,
Delores, and Virginia. He is survived by his wife Carol Butterfield Low, his brother

Robert (Bob), daughter Janet (Butterfield) Pazdernik, Mike Pazdernik, as well as,
grandchildren, Peter Perkins II Sara Lamonica Perkins, Kyle Perkins, Luke Pazdernik,
and Olivia Pazdernik, along with great grandchildren, Peter Perkins III and Penelope
Perkins. Over the course of his 97 years, he had many friends come in and out of his
life. As he said many times, he outlived most of his family, friends and co-workers,
but lived with the vibrant memories of each.
Ray loved the Valley of the Sun and all of Arizona. The last year of his life, he
enjoyed living in Carmichael, CA. with Carol and his daughter’s family. Here, he
shared his lifetime of stories with each of them. He was a treasure trove of Phoenix
history, as he’d seen it all develop before his eyes. He described in detail his military
service, which involved flying “over The Hump”, resupplying Allied units based in
China. He was a proud member of “America’s Greatest Generation” and, as he said,
“the forgotten bastards of Burma.” His love of God, Country and Family were his
guiding lights. He was truly a great man, husband, father, grandfather, great
grandfather, who made beautiful and lasting impressions on our souls. Love you Dad.

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