MOUNT VERNON — J. Raymond Claggett, 87, of Mount Vernon, went to be with his Lord and Savior Aug. 30, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Licking County to the late James F. and Mary Ann (Davis) Claggett.

Over the course of his life Raymond embodied what it means to be a hard worker, a dedicated and determined provider and a man who loved Creation. He supported and loved his family deeply and was a lifelong Knox County farmer.

Raymond is survived by his three children, Judy (Paul) Phillips of Mount Vernon, Bonnie (Brian) Van Winkle of Mount Vernon and Dennis (Jessica) Claggett of Bladensburg; a sister, Martha Baughman of Newark; his grandchildren, Shawn (Lyn) Phillips, Barry (Katie) Phillips, Olivia (Zack) Beougher, Kaylee Van Winkle, Devin Claggett, Jesse Wolford, Jasmine Smith; great-grandchildren, Landon, Carter, Brodie, Brianna, Zachariah, Nicholas, Levi, Amelia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Joan Claggett in June 2017, brothers, Wilbert, Lee and Edwin; sisters, Hattie Carpenter, Bertha Sturgis and Etha Layton.

Friends may call Monday, Sept. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at Bladensburg Church of God with Pastor Matt Schwartz officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery in Gambier.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice or Bladensburg Church of God.

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