Former resident Raymond M. Cathey, 78 of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away Friday, July 25, 2008 at his home in Grants Pass.

Raymond was born on March 1, 1930 in Columbia, La., to Raymond and Marie Cathey. He married Carol Nielsen on July 28, 1953 in Crescent City (she preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 2007). In December 2000, they moved to Grants Pass from Healdsburg. He was a member of the Masons since 1970. He enjoyed participating in the Masons and Shriners activities. Raymond loved the outdoors, camping and fishing.

Survivors include his son, Michael Cathey of Grants Pass, daughter Alison Cathey (Pigoni) of Grants Pass, five sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held today at 11 a.m., at the Grants Pass Masonic Lodge.

Contributions can be made to Lovejoy Hospice or Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland at 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR, 97239-3095.