John W. Raymond, 80, General Motors employee

September 22, 2002

John Walter Raymond, a retired General Motors assemblyman, died Tuesday at Avalon Manor Nursing Home in Hagerstown from complications of colon cancer. He was 80 and lived in Essex.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Raymond grew up in the Pimlico area.

He left school after the eighth grade, and worked as a deliveryman and did other odd jobs. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army.

Mr. Raymond was sent to Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the Bronze Star after a raid on an enemy artillery position during the battle, his family said.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore, where he met Lois Tharp at a party.

"He said, `You're with me from now on,'" the former Miss Tharp recalled. The two married in January 1953.

Mr. Raymond worked on the assembly line at the General Motors plant on Broening Highway. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Raymond enjoyed visiting the racetrack.

Services were held Friday at Loring Byers funeral home on Liberty Road in Randallstown.

Mr. Raymond also is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Oberholzer of Waynesboro, Pa; two sisters, Mary McGraw of Hemet, Calif., and Doris Jacober of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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