Why Raymond William?


These are Dave and Shala's grandfathers who passed on prior to the other spouse meeting them. Raymond is Shala's maternal grandfather while William is Dave's maternal grandfather. Neither of us had enough time to learn from these strong men, and we saw this as a fitting tribute.


Raymond Henry Hansen
Husband of Lorraine Father to Truman, Randall, Marsha, Sylvia and Jeffrey Raised in northwest Iowa, Grandpa Raymond met Lorraine in Milwaukee. They had a whirlwind romance that landed them in Iowa where Raymond started a bakery in Manson which he ran for over forty years. A generous man with a penchant for hospitality and hard work, Ray was a good athlete who enjoyed playing basketball.



William David Mefford
Husband to Elizabeth Father to Paul, Dorothy, Susan, Frank, Jennifer and Bill. Raised on a farm in Northern Kentucky and spending most of his life as a truck driver in Cincinnati. Grandpa Bill was a soft-spoken, conservative, baseball-loving family man who took great joy in working with his hands to the point of plowing his large family garden by hand.



We would like to be able to tell our son as much as possible about these two men, so, please, if you have news clippings, photos or memories you are willing to take a minute to write down, please pass them (or copies) along to us.