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Raymond Dawson Travels
A Celebration of Life is to be held for Raymond Dawson Travels, 87, of Ceres. He died July 20, 2009.

Born Jan. 15, 1922 to Everett and Louella Travels in Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada, Raymond He grew up in Holdenville, Okla. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a sergeant during World War II in Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After serving in the military, Raymond returned to Holdenville and married Dolores Lee. They moved to Turlock, before settling in San Pablo, where they raised their family. Raymond worked as a welder, automotive painter, and steel fabricator. In 1967 Raymond opened his own business TimRay Metal Products in Richmond. He retired in 1977. In 1979, Raymond and Dolores moved to Ceres where they enjoyed their retirement years. Raymond enjoyed many hobbies. He raced modified hard tops from 1952-1962 at Vallejo Speedway and other Bay Area tracks. Mr. Travels also set a few track records. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends. He had a kind heart for people in need and spent many hours volunteering at Community Hospice and The Salvation Army.

Raymond is preceded in death by his wife Dolores Travels of Ceres; three children, Randa Bass of Pioneer, Pamela Venegas of Pinole, and Phillip Travels of Turlock; his stepson Kenny Travels; two sisters, Emily of Turlock, and Margaret of Hayward; two brothers, Gene Travels of Ceres and Ron Travels of Hayward; seven grandchildren, Rick, Tracy, Darren, Steven, Chadd, Dawnette, Clayton, and Kevin; and five great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres Courier /August 5, 2009