Ray Plowman

JAMESTOWN Ray Plowman was born and raised on a small tobacco farm outside of South Irvine, Kentucky with his father, mother and 10 brothers and sisters. As a teenager, he traveled to Montana to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) before going back home to enlist in the Air Force during WWII. In 1943 he married his hometown sweetheart, Lee, and moved to Ohio where later their son, Daryl, was born.

After the war, Ray and his family moved to California and a daughter, Tanis, was added. As a welder for the Air Force, he was selected to be a part of the U.S. Program to be the first country to put a man in space. The family decided to move back to Ohio in 1963 to be closer to their aging relatives and settled in Jamestown where Ray continued working as machinist for the Air Force. The family opened a small grocery store/gas station and a welding shop on the outskirts of town.

Once he retired and sold the businesses, Ray became interested in restoring classic cars. He enjoyed going to car shows and parades where he became friends with car enthusiasts. After his wife died in 2000 and his son died in 2002, you could find him either in his garage or watching westerns in his living room with a cat on his lap. He died peacefully Monday morning, January 26, 2015. He will be missed by his daughter, his son-in-law (Steve), his daughter-in-law (Kathy), who was like a second daughter, his cat (Libby), and many others. Ray was 93 years old. Viewing will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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*Don White*
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*Danny Howser*
I worked on Hysell's crew at Rickenbacker in the 907th "b" flight. He was an excellent crew chief and good guy. Hysell liked to have fun, work hard and play hard at the appropriate times.

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