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MARCH 7, 1932 -- OCT. 30, 2004

Raymond E. Thuman, a retired autoworker, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Born in Pendleton, he attended rural schools in that area. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed at Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, Texas. He also served in the National Guard for two years after his discharge.

Mr. Thuman, who lived for many years in North Tonawanda, was an assembly line spray painter at Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport for 30 years, retiring in 1980.

After his retirement, he moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., and lived there until 1993, when he returned to this area.

Mr. Thuman enjoyed repairing and painting cars. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Robert and David, both of Huntington Beach; a daughter, Kathy Zdziebko of Ransomville; a sister, Mary Jane Neubecker of Lockport; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Church, 4671 Cambria-Lewiston Townline Road. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.


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