Raymond Darveau

Raymond "The Colonel" Darveau

Saturday, August 16th, 1947 - Saturday, March 20th, 2021
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East Millinocket – Ray “The Colonel” Darveau, 73, died unexpectedly in his home on Saturday March 20, 2021. Ray, son of Marjorie R. and Richard L Darveau of Danforth, Maine, was born on August 16, 1947, at Thayer Hospital in Waterville, Maine.
Ray graduated from East Grand High School in Danforth, class of 1965. He married his high school sweetheart, Susan A.Carr also of Danforth, Maine. They celebrated 53 years of marriage on May 3, 2020. After high school, Ray enlisted in the United States Navy and served in Vietnam from 1968-1970 earning numerous awards and citations. After Vietnam, Ray came home to Maine where he took a job at Great Northern Paper, Co. in East Millinocket where he worked for 38 years, becoming a millwright specializing in vibration analysis. Ray also became a member of the Maine Army National Guard where he served part-time as a medic in the 314th Medical Company in Millinocket.
Ray was an active life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), serving various positions including Sergeant at Arms at the Bernard Coro Chapter 22 in Medway. He was an avid gun collector and even had a shop, Colonel’s Collectibles, in his house for many years. He was also a lover of classic cars and recently had his 1955 Studebaker pickup restored, which he, his wife Susan, and dog Brutus just loved to ride around in and share with others.
Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife Susan; his daughter Renee Hudgens and her husband Glen of Bangor; his son Rick Darveau and his wife Michelle of South China; grandchildren Kortnie Mullins and her husband Nick of Bangor along with first great grandchild Olive Mullins who will turn one in May; Miranda Hudgens of Orebro, Sweden; Kaitlyn Darveau of South China; and Mason Faucher of Augusta.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday March 27, 2021, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ray’s name to the Disabled American Veterans at
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    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, March 27th, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Judy Robinson

Posted at 04:56am
Dear Sue and Ray's family. We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Ray. He was a great guy and will be missed by his family, friends, and in the community. Take care and God Bless, Dusty & Judy

Joni Winkler

Posted at 09:18am
We will still cry. We will always cry. But with loving reflection than with hopeless longing . That is how we survive. That is what they would want.
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Bernice B. DeBlois

Posted at 08:35am
Ray was always very kind to me when we would gather at DAV Maine State Conventions. Ray was a wonderful person & will be missed. Please be strong, Sue. God Bless. You are in my prayers.
Bernice B. DeBlois US Army retired

Winifred Windsor

Posted at 09:04pm
Went to school with Raymond and had many good laughs thru high school. Rest In Peace and sail on. Condolences to his family.

Dora Demers

Posted at 07:48am
My sincere condolences to the family. Ray was a gruff sweetheart who loved his wife and family beyond measure. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Fly high my friend.

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