James Ray Pargeon, 95, of Bowling Green, passed away Friday Nov. 2, 2012 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home with Rev. Don Amelung officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.
Ray was born Oct. 25, 1917 in Bowling Green, the son of Martin and Edith Connelly Pargeon. He married Grace Orr on June 1, 1946, she preceded him in death April 2, 2005. Survivors include nephews Ron Dixon and wife Wilma of Bowling Green and Gary Chamberlain and wife Rose Mary of Bowling Green; niece Joyce Gamm and husband Vernon of Bowling Green and sister-in-law Vera Dixon of Middletown. He was preceded in death by brother Marion Pargeon.
Mr. Pargeon lived in Bowling Green his entire life, living in the same residence since 1959 until having to move to Moore-Pike Nursing Home in 2011. He served in the United States Army during WWII, where he was injured. He worked as a mechanic for Gentry Ford, worked with the highway department, was a service technician for Clarence Shaon Electric and then worked at Hercules as an A operator in the Mono Plant. He was a member of Phoenix Masonic Lodge #136 in Bowling Green, a 32nd degree of Moolah Shriners and served on the Bowling Green volunteer fire department for years. Ray enjoyed bird hunting and working with wood. He attended Concord Presbyterian Church.
Serving as pallbearers were Paul Hill, Jack Altizer, Kent Dixon, Trent Meyers, Wade Gamm and Bill Wahl.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Pike County Hospice.