The National Aviation Heritage Alliance mourns the passing of Trustee Neil Vanness “Skip” Raymond (Col., USAF Ret.) Of Beavercreek, Ohio. Skip died on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Skip provided valuable input to the development of NAHA’s bylaws and the launch of the organization in early 2004. He joined the board as a trustee at large and served continuously until his death.
“Skip was a dedicated volunteer, always willing to take on extra duties and advance the vision and mission of the Alliance of making Dayton the global center of aviation and aviation heritage,” said Tony Sculimbrene, Executive Director of the Alliance. “He made every effort to promote the story of the Wright brothers and he served as an ambassador for the Dayton region wherever he traveled. His passion for telling Dayton’s story as the birthplace of aviation will be missed.”
A strong community leader, Skip was also a member of the Beavercreek Chapter of Rotary International, Miami Valley Military Affairs Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a board member of the Electronics, Engineering and Manufacturing Group, past board member of the Dayton Theatre Guild, a life member of the Air Force Association and a past president of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Greene County Chapter 382. On NAHA’s board, Skip was a strong and consistent voice for general aviation.
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Skip graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1963. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he entered the Air Force in 1967, receiving his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received his master’s from the Armed Forces Institute of Technology in 1975. He was also a 1979 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and a 1988 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Skip served the Air Force with distinction for 28 years, with assignments in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. He received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.
As a certified professional logistician (CPL), he worked as a Senior Logistics Analyst after retiring from the Air Force, ultimately founding his own consulting company, R&R Associates.
The son of the late Samuel W. and Eddie (MacNeil) Raymond, Skip is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Cynthia (Armstrong) Raymond of Beavercreek; his daughter, Cathryn (Raymond) Olson; son-in-law Daniel R. Olson, and grandson, Gregory C. Olson of Baltimore, Md.
National Aviation Heritage Alliance
P.O. Box 414, Wright Brothers Station
Dayton, OH 45409
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 Wilkinson St. in Dayton. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Visit legacy.com to read his obituary.