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Ray "Pinky" BillmanRay "Pinky" Billman, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Pinky was born in Antwerp on September 30, 1932, a son of the late Thelma (Leaman) and Cecil Billman.
He proudly served his country for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean & Vietnam Wars, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp & Dietrich Industries, Hicksville and was a school crossing guard in Antwerp for many years.
Pinky was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp School Board, Antwerp Fire Department and VFW & American Legion Posts.
On June 30, 1956 Pinky married Darlene Elwell.
Pinky will be sadly missed by his wife, Darlene; 3 children, Tony & Judy Billman & Lisa (Ed) Glass, all of Antwerp & granddaughters, Amanda Knotts & Adrienne Glass & great grandchild, Jonah Knotts.
He is also preceded in death by his brother, Max.
Viewing is Monday, 2-4 & 6-8 pm, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
His funeral service is at Antwerp United Methodist Church at 10 am on Tuesday, October 9th, with viewing one hour prior.
He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.
Memorials are to Antwerp Music Boosters.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
So, so sorry to hear about Pink. Sympathies to all of you.
Ron & Cindi (Shull) Slattery Oct 13 2012 12:00 AM
Our hearts go out to you at this time at the loss of Pinky. Please know how much we enjoyed seeing him at the Manor House.............as well as all of you !
Hugs and Prayers,
Keith and Kathy Nern
Keith and Kathy Nern Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear about Pinky. He touched so many lives! He touched four generations in our family. His smile, kindness, gererosity and orneriness will not be forgotten. I am sorry we could not be there today but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
John & Cindy (Bradford) Sabo Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM
Dear Lisa & family,
My sincere condolences to U. Iwill think and pray for U
ginger bell-koehlinger Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM
Darlene and Family, Sorry for your loss, What a great man, he touched so
many people lives, and the memories will last forever""
Sadly Missed Along Life's Way
Quietly Remembered Every Day
No Longer In Our Life To Share
But In Our Hearts He's Always There
Randy Bell & Family Oct 8 2012 12:00 AM
Darlene and family
My deepest sympathy to you all. Thoughts and prayers will be with during this difficult time.
Beth (Miller) Lamb
Beth Lamb Oct 8 2012 12:00 AM
There are no words I can say to help you all through this time. Pinky was loved by many and touched many lives. He will will always be remembered for his humor, warmth, and always taking time for others. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Gail Stout Oct 8 2012 12:00 AM
Darlene, Tony, Lisa and Judy, My heart breaks knowing there is nothing I can do or say to help ease your pain in losing Pinky. Our families have intertwined for more than 50 years so we know what kind of man Pink was. He was a good, kind, funny, family-loving man. He loved making people laugh, joking with everyone. All those people are going to miss him as will we. You are all in our hearts and prayers and always will be. We love you all. L&R
Laurenda and Roland Gibson Oct 7 2012 12:00 AM
so sorry for your loss he was a great guy always seem like a happy guy prayers go out for the family going through this difficult time. vance
vanice martenies Oct 7 2012 12:00 AM
Darlene and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Pinky''''s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow. May God grant you comfort and strength in the coming days.
Jane Brinck Oct 7 2012 12:00 AM