Raymond R. "Abe" Atwood II, 77 of Le Mars, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at The Abbey of Le Mars.
Raymond Reginald Atwood was born at home in Le Mars on Sept. 12, 1927, the son of Raymond R. and Rosina S. (Bauerly) Atwood. He was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Central High School in 1946. Following his education, Raymond worked at the family business, Atwood Floral in Le Mars.
Raymond volunteered for service in the United States Army in 1946. He was assigned to HQS Co. 1180th Combat Construction. He served overseas with the US Occupation Forces in Japan. He would return to Le Mars and join Co. K, 1st BN, 133 INF (later Co. A) of the Iowa National Guard in Le Mars. He served this unit until 1963. He attained the rank of Sgt. 1st Class prior to his honorable discharge.
Following the service, Raymond continued his education at Westmar College and earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1951. He moved to Marshalltown where he taught art at the high school level. Raymond then relocated to Webster City and became a professor of art at Iowa Central College and also taught at Eagle Grove. He instructed college students for 23 years. During this time, he studied at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and obtained his master's degree in 1967.
Raymond was a founder of the Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society and an officer of the Siouxland Mineral Society.
He is survived by a nephew Richard Brouilette of Wheatland, Mo.; a niece, Rosalie (Brouillette) Lade of Campbell, Calif., a nephew, Marion "Sonny" Athens (husband of Ramonda Athens) of Le Mars; 11 grand-nephews, one grand-niece, and 20 great-grandnieces and -grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Vida (Atwood) Brouillette; and a niece, Ramonda Athens.
The body was cremated and a memorial service will be held in the spring.
The Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials and expressions of sympathy may be directed to Roaslie Lade, 2158 Violet Way, Campbell, Calif. 95008.