Raymond Clifton Bumgardner


Raymond Clifton Bumgardner departed this life on March 26, 2014. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and uncle. He was born July 17, 1941 in Celt, MO to James & Katie Bumgardner. Raymond graduated East High School in KCMO in 1959, and entered the Air Force the same year. He became a Fire Control System Mechanic for the B-52 and received an honorable discharge in 1964. Raymond was a computer programmer for 20 years. He was a third degree Mason, and was active in the International Order of Rainbow Girls with his daughters in the early 90’s and received the Grand Cross of Color. He was an avid reader and passed his love of the written word to his daughters and grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Katie, sister Phyllis and twin brother Richard. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Beth, of the home; daughter Amy (Glenn) of Cocoa, FL; daughter, Jamie (Josh) of Pleasant Hill, daughters of the heart, Jessica and Sarah; nine grandchildren, Nicole, Hannah, Josephine, Allison, Grady, Christian, Lydia, Lauren, and Spencer. He is also survived by 4 brothers and sisters; Robert (Nancy) of AR; Paula (Gerald), Phebe (Ron) and Ransom of MO and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Grace Family Fellowship, 125 N Armstrong Street, Pleasant Hill, MO at 1:30 PM April 19, 2014.


  1. W. Mike Asbury on March 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Ray and I lived about a block apart on the west side of Brighton, he was just south of 27th and I was just north of 27th. We were good friends and made our way to school together all during high school. We tried to make an electric furnace one time to submit to the science fair. After graduation we seemed to drift apart. He went to the air force. I went to school. I went to the army and he came home. He got a job and I did the same. Occasionally we would see each other, but never really got together, for one reason or another. Now we cannot. I am so sorry that I failed to accomplish that task.

  2. Jeanette Lindvall on March 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Ray was a quite and thoughtful person. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our memories are always with us. Treasure your memories. They will hold you strong.

  3. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on March 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Bumgardner. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  4. Lyle R. Bisson on July 1, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Hello, My name is Lyle Bisson. Knobby and I were Air Force buddies throughout our time at Dow AFB, Maine. My wife, Betty-Jean & I visited Ray & his wife a couple of times in Raytown many years back. He & I were like brothers in the service. He was a wonderful man and we are so sorry to learn of his passing at such a late date. My wife and I ended up in Minneapolis, Mn. so we unfortunetly lost touch. Much love to the family. July 1,2019

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