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Claude Allison RayhillPassing: May 18, 2012


Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday,May22,2012, 11:00 am


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday,May21,2012, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday,May22,2012, 09:30 am - 11:00 am


Cresthaven Memory Gardens


MITCHELL Claude Allison Rayhill, 86, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at Hospice House IU Health Bloomington.

Born November 30, 1925, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Herschel and Ida (Dye) Rayhill. His first marriage was to Agatha McPherson October 28, 1944. He married Shirley Ann (Higgs) Haley April 3, 1970, and she preceded him in death in March 13, 2005.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army, and served in Okinawa during World War II. Claude was a member of American Legion Post No. 250.

He retired from GM Powertrain with 18 years of service, was a graduate of Mitchell High School in 1944, and a member of the Living Waters Church of God.

Surviving: children,
Terry Rayhill, Mitchell
Jerry Rayhill, Bedford
Claude (Jolene) Rayhill, Jr., Mitchell
Jennifer Carter, Elkton, Kentucky
Chad (Kristi) Rayhill, Mitchell
Rick Haley, Mitchell
Debra Victor, Naples, Florida
Jeff Haley, Mitchell
Michelle (Larry) Magruder, Whiteland
Betty Rainey, Mitchell
19 grandchildren
16 great grandchildren
1 great great granddaughter
Gary (Diane) Rayhill, Mitchell
Ernie (JoAnn) Rayhill, Bakersfield, California
Larry Rayhill, Elkart

His parents; wife; sister, Sue West; and brothers, Virgil and Charles Rayhill; and grandson, Ronald Paul “RJ” Victor II in 1999, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 Tuesday, May 22, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Dwight Dunbar officiating.

Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Hospice House IU Health Bloomington

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9 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: allison rayhill | bedford, IN
    Date: August 21, 2012
    my papaw was the nicest person i know. he would do anything for anyone. i miss him dearly and wish i would visited him more often. but i share what some people dont and that is his name. he will always be my role model. i love you papaw. i will see you soon
  2. Guest: Rodney Harper | mitchell, IN
    Date: June 1, 2012
    I am so sorry! I just found out He passed!
  3. Guest: Ginny McMinds-Knight | Mitchell, IN
    Date: May 23, 2012
    Dear Rayhill Family, My sincere sympathy on the death of your loved one. Claude was a genuine, sweet friend and we will miss him. I am sorry I was not in town to personally express my condolences. May the knowledge that he is at rest and no longer suffering bring you comfort and peace. My prayers are with you. Ginny
  4. Guest: Bob Plew | Shelbyville, IN
    Date: May 23, 2012
    Ernie, So sorry hear of your brothers passing. You and all the Rayhill's are in our thoughts. Bob & Wanda
  5. Guest: Denise McKibben | Greenwood, IN
    Date: May 21, 2012
    Michelle and family, I am so sorry about the loss of your father. May God hold you in his arms and give you comfort during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  6. Guest: Peggy Shelton | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: May 21, 2012
    Michelle, No words can truly express the sorrow I feel for your loss. It is never painless to accept the passing of a love one, but know that he is at peace with his Father. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Peggy Shelton
  7. Guest: Susie Mullinax | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 21, 2012
    Jerry Seen your Fathers passing in the paper sorry for your loss
  8. Guest: George Cooper | Ellettsville, IN
    Date: May 20, 2012
    Gary and Larry And family, My deepest sympathies and toughts be with you.
  9. Guest: Evalyn (Root) Stitt | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: May 19, 2012
    Gary & Larry, My thoughts are with you and your families during this time. I have many memories of Claude from attending family reunions. May God be with you.