In Memory of Ray Marmon
born September 17, 1947 – died November 19, 1969
from the Garnett paper November 19, 1969:
Raymond Marmon, Jr., 22-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Marmon, was killed in a one-car accident early today. The accident occurred about 5 miles northeast of Garnett on US 169. Marmon was headed north and apparently missed a curve. The car went off on the right side of the road and flipped over several times after hitting a county road abutment.
Highway Patrolman Jerry Wohler said that the accident occurred some time after midnight but was not discovered until about 7 a.m. by Gene Miller of Greeley. Marmon was apparently returning to Paola, where he was a first year teacher at Paola High School. The car, a 1969 Corvette, was completely demolished.
Marmon graduated from Ottawa University in the spring of this year and had attended the University on a track scholarship. A 1965 graduate of Garnett High School, Marmon was active in all sports and served as president of his senior class and was named Homecoming King his senior year.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Randy, of the home, and numerous aunts and uncles.
I first met Ray in kindergarten. I don't know how many of you recall the stick horses Mrs. Thomas had us make but the day we finished them Ray and I and a couple of other kids decided to play 'cowboys and Indians'. Since we didn't have toy guns we just pointed at each other and said "bang". Mrs. Thomas had previously told us not to do that but that day we forgot (or maybe just didn't care). Anyway we got caught and received quite a lecture about the the possibly someday having a real gun, forgetting it wasn't our finger we were using and shooting someone. We learned a valuable lesson that day - next time play behind the school out of her sight ;-)
If Ray had lived we would have become cousins in 1990 when my step-father adopted me. His mother, Fern, was a sister to Carl's mother, Ellis.
Ray is buried in the Garnett Cemetery.
High School Activities:
Freshman: Hi-Y, Band, Football, Track, Basketball, Student Council, Music Contest, Honor Roll
Sophomore: Hi-Y, Band, Football, Track, Basketball, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Class Vice-President, Choir
Junior: Hi-Y, Band, Football, Track, Basketball, Student Council, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Choir
Senior: Hi-Y, Football, Track, Basketball, Student Council, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Class President, Homecoming King
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