Raymond Joseph Scroggs, 93, died Monday, Dec. 9 in the loving care of his family.
He was a long time resident of Oakdale.
He was born in Denver, Colo. to Jesse and Nellie Scroggs. He spent his young life on a homestead in the Rockies hunting, fishing, skiing, and horseback riding. He continued to enjoy backpacking, fly fishing and skiing throughout his life. He shared these endeavors with friends and family.
Mr. Scroggs served in the 7th Mountain Division as a mountain climbing instructor during World War II. Following the war, he enjoyed skiing the Alps with the All Army Ski Team.
His sense of adventure also led to his travels in Mexico, Europe, Israel, China, Hawaii and Alaska. He was a builder and master carpenter. His love of agriculture and horticulture was reflected through his landscaping, orchards, and ranching exploits.
His greatest love in life was his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He freely shared the message of salvation, “that whosoever calls on the name of The Lord shall be saved.” Over the years, he served the local church in many capacities and gave generously to support the local church, missionary work, the poor and needy, and his World Vision “children.”
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by friends and family.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynne Dee Chimento of Paradise, Connie Taylor of Medford, Ore.; grandchildren, David, Krista, Jodie, Mattie, Zachariah, Natalie; and great-grandchildren Caden, Jensen and Brydon of Idaho, Joshua and Sarah of Washington, and Gideon, Elaina and Braelyn of Oregon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Scroggs in 1984; and later wife, Ruth Scroggs in 2007; and daughter, Karen Pelton.
A viewing and memorial service was held Dec. 15 at River Oak Grace Church, Oakdale.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name as an expression of love to National Christian Foundation (please note on check memo: Pelton Family Fund #919881) and mailed to National Christian Foundation Seattle, Market Place Tower, Penthouse A, 2025 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121-3125. This foundation account was established on behalf of his special needs granddaughter, Sarah, who is in need of a handicapped van at this time.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Dec. 18, 2013