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Lybarger, Raymond E.
Raymond E. Lybarger, 85, of Avon, died at 12:17 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Care Center of Abingdon.

He was born March 19, 1927 in Warren County the son of Floyd and Lucille (Gibb) Lybarger. He married Phyllis Owen on June 2, 1973 in Abingdon.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; three sons, Ronnie K. Ulm of Piedmont, Ala., Jerry W. Ulm Sr. (and wife Karen) of Germantown Hills, Ill., and Jonnie R. Ulm of Avon; five grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Barbara Lybarger.

Raymond worked at the Abingdon Pottery for 41 years (1945-1986) before retiring. His co-workers and friends affectionately called him Sparky and he certainly lived up to his nickname. Raymond enjoyed laughing, making people laugh, golfing, and entertaining people at the nursing home playing his harmonica. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the Roseville American Legion for over 65 years. He served in the United States Army with the 310th Infantry during World War II (European Division) from July 30, 1945 to December 29, 1946. He was stationed in Germany.

Prior to his stroke, Ray and his wife traveled the United States and enjoyed seeing this beautiful country of ours. Even after suffering a stroke paralyzing his left side and being in a wheel chair for 11 years, Raymond rarely complained to family and friends. Ray was an inspiration for us all.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Harbor Light Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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