Menard County (Review), Friday, January 17, 1975

Raymond E. Custer dies in Kansas
Word has been received here of the death of Raymond E. Custer, 82, of WaKeeney, Kansas, that occurred Dec. 6 following a long illness.

Mr. Custer was born in Marion county, Kansas and moved to Menard County with his parents, Charles and Emma Snyder Custer, when a small boy. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1910. After terms at West Point and Rolla School of mines, he enrolled at Ft. Hays State College, Hays, Kansas, and later received his Master's Degree in Education from Kansas University.

He was a veteran of World War I and participated in the Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel and Defensive Sector Toul engagements in France.

Mr. Custer taught school at Athens and taught and coached at Ellsworth, Kansas, was coach and principal at Gove, Kansas, and served as principal of Trego Community High School in WaKeeney for 19 years. The last 10 years of his educational career were spent with the State Department of Education in Kansas as a high school supervisor. After leaving this position, he was able to devote full time to ranching and farming.

Mr. Custer as a member of the Presbyterian Church, of the WaKeeney Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, and various educational organizations.

He was married to Edna Walker of WaKeeney in 1919 and she died in 1925. To this union was born a son, Raymond E. Custer, Jr. of WaKeeney. In 1927, he married Edna's sister, Eva, and to this union were born Charles of Chicago; Jeanne (Mrs. Warren Conner) of Ashland, Kansas; Kathleen (Mrs. Roberts Banston) of Pass Christian, Miss., Sara (Mrs. Max Overton) of Chicago. There are 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. H.V. Knowles of Jacksonville Ill. And Mrs. L.A. Tomlin of Sarasota, Fla. Besides his first wife Edna, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl, of Denver, Colo., and a sister, Mrs. Henry Stone of Springfield.

Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at the WaKeeney Presbyterian Church with internment at the WaKeeney Cemetery. A military tribute climaxed the brief grave-side service.

Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher


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