C17. Reseña in memoriam de Raymond Underwood.

Raymond Underwood nos deja un viernes 1 de marzo 2013 en Georgia, Estados Unidos.  Creador y fundador en 1975  en conjunto con Henry Barker del Isthmian Road Runners que posteriormente cambio a Isthmus Road Runners y que finalmente obtuvo en 1982 el nombre de Club de Corredores del Istmo.

Se involucrò y contribuyò a la comunidad de Balboa en mùltiples actividades y entre las relacionadas con la actividad del atletismo que obtuvieron parte de su trabajo y colaboraciòn constante fueron los Relevos de 24 Horas (Howard), los Relevos Transìstmicos (Colòn-Panamà) y los Relevos de Balboa.

El servicio religioso serà el sàbado 23 de marzo 11:00 am en la Iglesia Messiah Lutheran en 4764 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Georgia.  Le sobreviven su esposa Helen Wilson-Underwood, hijos (Ryan, Todd, Paul, Kenny) y hermano Kenneth Underwood.

A continuaciòn una reseña escrita por Ray Bunder, tal como se recibiò:

Raymond Bosco Underwood, the oldest of three brothers, was born on September 7, 1942, in Colon, Republic of Panama, to Chester Underwood, of Wisconsin, and his wife, Ana Villareal, of Ecuador.

Ray graduated from Balboa High School in the Canal Zone in 1960. He joined the Air Force and served for four years, based at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., during which time he also served in Viet Nam. After his discharge, he attended the Canal Zone College, receiving his Associate of Arts degree, and then went on to attend North Texas State University, graduating with a degree in Business. Upon his graduation, he returned to Panama, joining his brother, Paul, in United Overseas Enterprises, primarily selling Deltona Corporation properties in Florida. For much of his life, Ray worked as General Manager of Levonel S.A., a wholesale and distributing company in Panama. Most recently, he worked with his brother, Paul, selling medical equipment and training doctors and technicians how to use that equipment.

Besides being a member of the American Society of Panama he was also a member of the American and Panama Chambers of Commerce. He was a corporate member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), as well as a long time member and Treasurer of the Panama Canal Area Council, Boys Scouts of America. In December 1989, during Operation Just Cause, Ray relayed information, assisting US Forces, for which he was commended by the US Southern Command. He founded the Isthmus Roadrunners Club, was an avid marathon runner, flyer, sailor, and golfer.

Ray was a loving husband, father, and friend; a philanthropist, a community leader, and a person who inspired others.

From a previous marriage to Merry Huggins Underwood of Hemingway, SC (now retired in Surfside Beach), Ray had three sons: Eric, who passed away at the age of 5; Todd, who lives in Myrtle Beach with his fiancé, Betsy, and four children: Christopher, Ellen Taylor, Spencer, and Tyler; and, Ryan, who lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Devon, and son Graeson.

On December 29, 2007, he married Helen Wilson, and they made their home in Cumming, Georgia, as well as in Balboa, Panama.

Three years ago, Ray was diagnosed with cancer. He fought courageously, never lost his love for laughter, golf and time with family and friends. He passed on March 1, 2013, at the age of 70.

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