Thursday, August 31, 2017

Obituary -- Raymond Earl Nally 1923-2017

Raymond Earl Nally, age 94, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Willow Brook Christian Community, Delaware, Ohio where he had resided since 2004. He is survived by his wife Helen Nally; daughters, Susan Nally, Gayle (Fritz) Reidenbach and son Ennis (Diane) Nally; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Raymond was born July 8, 1923 to Willa Frances (Knowles) Nally and Moses Earl Nally of Sheridan, Missouri. Preceding him in death were brothers, Norvel Nally, Knowles Nally, James Ivan Nally and sister, Ethel Evans.

He served in WWII in the 15th Army Air Force 450th Bomb Group as an Engineer Gunner on a B24 crew. He and part of the crew evaded capture for one month after the aircraft went down and were successfully evacuated to Bari, Italy. In 2013 he was honored as a grand marshal of the Columbus Red, White and Boom Independence Day Parade. Raymond graduated from the Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville and earned an MBA at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. He retired after a long career from Sears Roebuck and Co as Controller in 1987. Raymond was a Charter member of St. Andrew Christian Church.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation be made in his name to WillowBrook Christian Community 100 Willow Brook Way, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or the St. Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin Ohio 43016. Arrangements have been entrusted to SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL. Please visit to express condolences.

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