Raymond L Ferren
Raymond Lawrence Ferren, 99 of Centerville passed away October 8, 2019. Raymond was born on November 13, 1919 in Seymour to James & Eva (Ammons) Ferren.
After graduation from Centerville Junior College, Raymond was employed with J. C. Penney Co.
Raymond and his brother, Vernon, enlisted in the Army Signal Corps on December 10, 1942 and trained at Camp Crowder, MO. He was stationed in London, Paris, Salzberg and Vienna repairing teletype machines, returning home in 1946, having served 39 months.
On returning home he resumed working at J. C. Penney Co. and was promoted to assistant manager. In 1949 he resigned from J. C. Penney and purchased an insurance agency in which he and his wife, Veon owned and operated until retirement.
Raymond, a long-time member of Drake Avenue Church, served as a Deacon, Trustee, sang in the choir, men's quartet and played in the church orchestra in the 1930's. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and helped on the Pancake Day committee at the first Pancake Day in 1949 and many other years. He was also on the Centerville Ambassador Club for many years. In later years, he managed distribution of the Christmas Turkey Dinner for jail inmates and other needy families. Raymond was President, served as the zone Chairman and sang in the Lions Club Quartet. He later became a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a Mason becoming a Master Mason, Secretary and a Shriner.
Raymond is survived by his son, Philip and his wife, Donna, four grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew, Guin and Dr. Lynn Birchmier, five great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and his wife of nearly 70 years, Veon.
Funeral service will be 1:30 pm, Monday, October 14, 2019 at Thomas Funeral Home in Centerville. Interment will immediately follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 1-6 pm, Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Thomas Funeral Home with the family present from 4-6 pm. Memorials may be given to Drake Ave Christian Church or the Little Flock Chapel and condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com or facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.
Published on October 10, 2019


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Barbara Cortesio
Oct 12, 2019
Fairest of All was purchased for the family of Raymond L Ferren by Barbara Cortesio.  Send flowers
Susan Maddrell
Oct 12, 2019
A New Sunrise Spray was purchased for the family of Raymond L Ferren by Susan Maddrell.  Send flowers
Sally Hampton
Oct 11, 2019
Your parents were very dear to me. I remember well those times on your porch playing games and just enjoying the time. Thinking of you, Phil. Peace to you. Sally Hampton💜💜💜
Jim Somers
Oct 11, 2019
Philip and I were fraternity brothers at the University of Iowa. I never met Raymond but his obituary portrays him as a fine man and involved member of his community. My sincerest condolences to the entire Ferren family for their loss. My heart is with you.
Bob Neswold
Oct 11, 2019
I sure remember handling claims for his agency when I worked for Travelers and how he got along with everybody. My condolences.
Robert Stander
Oct 10, 2019
We were business associates who became good friends. He will be missed.