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2nd Lt. Raymont P. Puck, 352nd BS

Born in San Jose, CA on Nov. 27, 1922 Departed on Feb. 22, 2010 and resided in Salinas, CA.

Service: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 Cemetery: Garden of Memories Cemetery

Raymond Peter Puck, 87, passed away on February 22, 2010 in Salinas.

Mr. Puck was a native of San Jose and a resident of Salinas for 56 years. Mr. Puck graduated from San Jose State College in 1949 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. While at San Jose State College he was a member of the Tau Delta Phi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He earned his Master of Arts in Geology and Education from Stanford University in 1954.

His college education was interrupted when he was called to active duty in 1943. As a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, Mr. Puck served in the 15th Air Force, 5th Wing, 301st Bomb Group, 352nd Bomb Squadron as a B-17 Bombardier and Navigator. He saw action in the African Campaign and the European Theatre of War where he was stationed at Lucera 8 in Foggia, Italy. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters in 1944 and the Bronze Battle Star in 1945. He remained in the reserves after WWII and retired as a Major in 1967.

He began his teaching career at Lassen Community College in Susanville. During the summers, he was a Park Ranger at Lassen Volcanic National Park from 1953 through 1963. Mr. Puck taught at Jefferson High School in Daly City while attending Stanford University. Upon completion of his Masters Degree, he became a professor in the Physical Science Department at Hartnell College until his retirement in 1983.

Married to Graciela V. Puck for 57 years, she preceded him in death in 2004. In their retirement years, Mr. Puck and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Europe. He was a guest lecturer and led field trips on the geology of California for many community organizations. He was a member of the VFW Post 6849 and served as their Chaplin. Mr. Puck was also a member of the SIRS Branch 56 in Salinas. He was a lifelong avid train enthusiast finding adventure around the world in train travel and train chasing.

He is survived by his four children and their families -- Maria, Julie Ann and Gregory Snodgrass of Roseville; Temby, Lawrence and Samantha Wishnak of Corral de Tierra; Julia, Don, Amanda and Ryan Williams of Granite Bay; Douglas, Teresa, Nicholas and Temby Puck of Corral de Tierra. His son, R. Peter Puck, Jr., preceded him in death in 2000.

Graveside services will be held Friday, February 26 at 1:30pm at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Lester Bodine Fund of The Lassen Park Foundation P.O. Box 3155, Chico, CA 95927 (www.lassenparkfoundation.org), VFW Post 6849, P.O. Box 7025, Spreckels, CA 93962 or to the donors favorite charity.


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