Obituary of Clarence Raby (1948 – 2021) – Inverness, FL

Clarence “Wayne” Raby, Jr. of Inverness, Fla., Passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on September 17, 2021 at the age of 73.
He was born to the late Betty Jane (Morricel) and Clarence Wayne Raby, Sr. on March 16, 1948 in Hartford City, IN.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran.
After his military service, Wayne began a career in carpentry and eventually owned and operated his own business called Anything Cedar in Fort Myers, Florida. On March 18, 1972, he married Mary Lou (Schlotter) with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Together, they made their home in Citrus County 32 years ago after moving from Fort Myers, Florida.
Wayne was the keeper of the Good Counsel Camp in Floral City for 5 years. He was a Catholic by faith and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness.
In his spare time, Wayne loved to read and would finish a book he was interested in within a day. He loved to DIY and enjoyed doing projects around the house. Wayne also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing scrabble and yahtzee with them. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his generosity and his love of cooking.
In addition to his wife Mary Lou, those mourning Wayne’s passing include his sons: Christopher Alan Raby and his wife Yarelys of Inverness, FL; Clarence Wayne Raby, III and his wife Tina of Kingston, MO; sister, Lynn Daugherty of Inverness, Florida; and her grandchildren: Chance, Trent, Logan, Tarra, Hope, Katrina, CJ and Gabby.
The Catholic Burial Mass will be offered on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the outdoor chapel of Camp du Bon Conseil in Floral City, concelebrated by Fr. James Johnson and Mgr. Bob Morris.
After Mass, full military honors will be rendered by the Floral City VFW # 7122 Honor Guard.
Friends are invited to commune with family after Mass at the Camp Mess. Wayne will be buried privately at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. At a later date.
The family would appreciate if guests were to wear masks at all times.
In lieu of flowers, Wayne’s family would like donations to be made to Good Counsel Camp at 8888 E. Gobbler Dr., Floral City, FL 34436, or the Citrus County Veteran’s Coalition, 1081 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, FL 34453.
Arrangements are in the care of Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematorium in Inverness, Florida.
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Posted by Citrus County Chronicle on October 3, 2021.

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