CW4 Doyce “Ray” Baugh, Sr. ret. age 83, passed away comforted by his wife on Sept. 30th.
Born on Feb. 16, 1932 and raised in Anadarko, OK, he was the youngest of fourteen siblings, including a twin sister, of Areilius Craten “A.C.” Baugh and Eddie Webb Baugh. His lifelong appreciation for reading and public libraries began in his hometown where he spent much time pursuing self-education. He later departed from high school to join the Oklahoma Army National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team “Thunderbirds” which saw action during the Korean War. Upon his return from war he was awarded his diploma.
Ray subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army specializing in military intelligence. He valiantly served two tours in Vietnam and completed overseas assignments in Germany, Japan and Panama. After 31 years of dedicated service to our nation, Ray retired as the senior ranking Chief Warrant Officer in the Army. During his accomplished military career he earned the following commendations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, United Nation Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He served our country an additional ten years working for the Department of Defense Investigative Service.
His community involvement included membership in the Bryan Breakfast Lions Club and VFW, coaching girls city league softball and serving as President of the Allen Academy Booster Club. In his leisure time he enjoyed auditing courses at Texas A&M, fishing, gardening, softball and spending time with family and his grandchildren. As a retiree, he earned two associate degrees from Blinn College.
Ray is survived by a wife, Sylvia Lopez-Baugh; four children, Doyce “Ray” Baugh, Jr., John C. Baugh and wife Melani B. Baugh, Michelle Baugh Thompson and husband Jerry Thompson, and Jennifer Baugh-Ratcliff. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Juan C. Rangel, Aidan Rangel, Jaxon Ratcliff, Armel Abragon and MicoJay Abragon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, eight sisters, a first wife Norma “Alice” Brookman Baugh, and a son Bruce O. Baugh.
The viewing was held at St. Michael’s Academy Chapel, 2402 S College Ave., Bryan, TX on Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00pm and at 10:00am on Wednesday followed by a funeral service at 11:00am. He is interred in a family plot at College Station City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund www.fallenheroesfund.org