Raymond Joseph Bouchonville, 79, of Oberlin, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at The Rehab and Nursing Center at Firelands in New London after a long illness. He was born July 12, 1928 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He attended UEI of Chicago working toward a degree in mechanical engineering with advanced studies in electric engineering. His experience includes sailing on the Great Lakes for J & L Steel Corporation in 1949 and 1950, Christy Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in the production department from 1950 to 1963, assistant chief electrical engineer from 1963 to 1970, and estimator and contract administrator from 1970 to 1975 at The American Ship Building Company in Lorain. He was also a Staff Marine Surveyor eventually becoming Principal Surveyor for the Great Lakes, United States Salvage Association from 1975 to 1986, M.C.I., Marine Surveyor, North American Marine Inc. from 1986 until his retirement in 1990.
He is survived by sons, Paul Stanley Bouchonville of Cambridge, Matthew F. Bouchonville of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Andrew J. Bouchonville of Norfolk, Virginia, and Philip F. Bouchonville of Collins; daughters, Katherine M. Rich of Cambridge, Patricia A. Targett of New London, Mary M. Rich of Toledo; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Bouchonville; father, Frederick Bouchonville; mother, Anna Bouchonville; sons, Michael J. Bouchonville and Mark Bouchonville; grandson, Paul Stanley Bouchonville II; and granddaughter, Nicole Brown.
Visitation will be Monday, November 12, 2007 from 10 A.M. until the time of Services at 11 A. M. in the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main Street, Oberlin. Burial will follow at the East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805.