LCDR Crihfield Obituary (2022) – Yuma, Az, CA

Raymond Leo Crihfield, LCDR, USN (Ret.) January 23, 1928 – February 1, 2022 Yuma, AZ
Raymond passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends on his journey to Heaven.
Ray was born in Hillsboro, Illinois, the son of Katherine [Frank] Crihfield and Ralph Crihfield. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, Ray joined the US Navy in 1946.
Ray excelled in the field of electronics and as a result of training at various Navy schools he quickly advanced through the enlisted ranks to become an Aviation Electronics Technician, Chief Petty Officer.
In 1957 he accepted a commission as an Ensign [LDO] with an Aviation Electronics designation. He then attended advanced training classes in Glynco, GA, and was designated as a Naval Aviation Observer and Naval CIC [Combat Information] officers. He was later re-designated as a Naval Flight Officer. He graduated from an intensive Electronics Engineering course in 1963 and quickly advanced through the ranks and retired at he rank of LT. Commanders in 1968.
During Ray’s Navy career he was deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea for two Mediterranean cruises. He served at six different Naval bases in the United States and served overseas in Newfoundland, Canada, flying the North Atlantic Barrier in Navy Squadron VW-11 as an airborne CIC officer. In Puerto Rico Ray flew as the CIC officer in Squadron VW-4. The Squadron flew modified WV-2/EC-121 Lockheed Constellation aircraft and specialized in Hurricane reconnaissance and spacecraft recovery operations.
Ray’s last duty station was in San Diego. He was the officer in charge of the E-2A/B aircraft radar display system development at the Fleet Computer Programming Center. Ray retired in 1968 with the rank of Lt. Commander after 23 years of military service.
Ray’s military medals include the Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal [WW2]Victory Medal [WW2]National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Navy Expeditionary Medal [Cuban Missile Crisis]Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal [Cuban Missile Crisis]and the Navy Commendation Medal.
After his military retirement, Ray was immediately hired by Logicon Inc. to complete various projects involving military based simulation systems. Ray retired from Logicon after 20 years of service. He continued to work as a computer and electronics consultant.
Ray was a lifelong amateur radio operator. He was a huge supporter of numerous military organizations. Ray met his future wife, Claire in Boston, MA. They were married in July, 1950. Claire preceded Ray in death. They were happily married for sixty years and raised three wonderful children, Joseph, Cheryl and John. A private mass was held at St. Francis Church in Yuma, AZ.
Ray was inured at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.

Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 24, 2022.

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