Raymond S. Nolt, age 92, of Kansas City Missouri, passed away April 26, 2011. His death was from complications following a fall.

Raymond S. Nolt, age 92, of Kansas City Missouri, passed away April 26, 2011. His death was from complications following a fall.

Ray was born October 13, 1918, in Amazonia, Missouri, to Benjamin Samuel and Della Eisiminger Nolt. He attended high school in Savannah, Missouri. He was drafted into the army in 1942 and discharged in 1945. Although trained as a jeweler and watchmaker, Ray joined the Fuller Brush Company in 1955, and for the next 50 years sold Fuller products door-to-door in the Kansas City area.  Ray considered his work a service. Customers liked him and depended on him, often calling to inquire about his health if he did not appear at their doorstep on a scheduled day. They continued to request his services long after he announced his retirement. During WWII, Ray flew 66 missions during the U.S. Air Offensive Campaign over Europe. Based in England, he was a tail gunner on the B-26 Marauder. He flew bombing raids over France in preparation for the Allied landing at Normandy on D-Day, and later targeted transportation lines in Germany. Ray was awarded four Bronze Stars, two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters, an Air Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. On December 22, 2000, he was awarded the Jubilee of Liberty Medal for the Normandy D Day invasion.  Ray was a member of the 559th Squadron of the 387th Bomb Group. Recently, he compiled a book detailing his experiences during his war years.  Ray loved music and playing board games with Maxine, his wife of 63 years. He was a skilled furniture maker, an enthusiastic Royals & Chiefs fan and in recent years liked feeding birds.  A long-time member of Maywood Baptist Church, he taught in the youth program. The Nolts most recently lived at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit.

He is survived by Maxine and his great-niece, Wendee Kloeppel and great-nephew Whitney Hower.  

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, at 12 p.m. at the Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Maywood Baptist Church Youth Department, 10505 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, or the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044.

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com.

Arrangements:  D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, (816) 353-1218.