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Raymond L. Miskimon
Raymond L. Miskimon
Raymond L. Miskimon, 86, Winslow, Illinois passed away on Friday, December 26, 2008.

He was born February 6, 1922 in Williamsburg, Kansas, the son of Raymond and Mattie (Fisher) Miskimon. He grew up in Garden City, Kansas before entering the Navy. Ray was a WWII Veteran serving on the USS Ozark in Okinawa and Iwojina, Japan, where his ship unit received military recognition. After his time in the service, Ray joined his brother, Ralph, in the construction business in Southern Illinois. In the early 1950's Ray came to the Pecatonica Sale Barn where he worked for several years and assisted with over 100 auctions every year. He was a self taught auctioneer for over 55 years and was the avid voice for Midwest Livestock Sale Barn in Monticello, WI for over 40 years. In the past he was co-owner and operator at the Winslow Sale Barn, Winslow, Ill and B&M Auction Service of Browntown. In 2008 Ray received the "Golden Gavel" Award, a distinguished honor for over 50 years of auctioneering service. Ray married Marilyn (Haman) Miskimon on September 16, 1970 in Rockton, Ill. Together they also farmed in the Winslow area.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marilyn, Monroe, WI; daughters, Jan Lewis, Topeka, KS, Debbie (Rob) Malewicki, Milton, WI, Mindy Julius, Winslow, IL; stepchildren, Jeff (Barb) Bidlingmaier, Browntown, Tom (Deb) Bidlingmaier, Browntown, Roger Bidlingmaier, Monroe; 16 grandchildren, Robbie, Heather and Duane Lewis, Marissa Gibbs, Ryan Knox, Brooks, Hollace and Jaden Julius, Angie Wirth, Amy Mahon, Ashley Bidlingmaier, Cory, Chad and Carli Bidlingmaier, Brock and Calyn Bidlingmaier plus seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Donnie (Shirley) Miskimon of Beaumont, Texas and a sister, Velora King of Altomont, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Sharon Ann Meyers, brothers Ralph and Roy, sisters Carol and Verna and a foster son, Roger Wand.

Ray was a dedicated Cubs fan who seldom missed listening to a game. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling to the Casino and going to Equity to buy cattle. Ray had a love for horses and his dream was to drive his recently purchased team. But Ray's greatest love was all the joy his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought to him. He will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, at the Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Drive, Monroe, WI. Funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Kevin Cernek at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Martintown Community Church. Interment ceremony will be held at Rock Lily Cemetery in Winslow immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Ray's memory and may be sent to Box 116, Winslow, Illinois 6l089