Raymond E. Meyer, 80, of Kent, died June 30 at New Milford Hospital with his wife, Patricia A. Meyer, at his side.

Mr. Meyer was born June 26, 1931, in Bridgeport, son of Ethel Wright, and Arthur Meyer. He was one of three children.

He attended school in Bridgeport and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951. He fought in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Division in 1952-53, earning many medals and citations for bravery.

After the war, he worked for Sikorsky Aircraft in Washington state, eventually working his way across the country until he returned to his home state.

Mr. Meyer worked at Amphenal Corporation in Danbury, retiring after 35 years.

He led an active life before becoming disabled. He spent vacations traveling across the country with friends, hunting and fishing along the way.

Mr. Meyer was a keen observer of the cultural heritage of the Southwest, collecting various artifacts.

Back home in Connecticut, he was a collector of albums and vintage jukeboxes.

He served as a deacon for a short time at New Preston Congregational Church before he became housebound.

Mr. Meyer was known as a kind soul, who was generous with his time and resources, making many friends throughout his life.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Meyer is survived by two stepchildren, Laura Pitchard, of Bristol, and Robert Pitchard, of New Britain; three grandchildren, Paul Zalot, and his wife, and Kalyn, and Austin and Desiree Zalot; two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Mason Zalot, of New Britain; a sister, Jean Pickering, and her husband, George, of Milford; three nieces, Donna, Ryan and Laura; a sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Gary Bargatze, of Glenelg, Md., and their two children, Dylan and Sean; and a brother-in-law, James Glidden, of Eden, N.C.

Internment of his ashes will be made with full military honors in the near future.

The Colonial Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the New Preston Congregational Church, 15 Church St., New Preston, CT 06777.