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Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Services for Raymond Butler Abington, 83, of Vandalia, were held on Thursday, June 18, 2015  at 3 p.m. at Vandalia Baptist Church Family Life Center with the Reverend Bob Hoehn officiating. Burial will be in Vandalia Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Vandalia Baptist Church Family Life Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
Mr. Abington passed away at 12:10 p.m., June 15, 2015 at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.
He was born April 15, 1932 in Vandalia, the son of Oliver Butler and Manilla Dewey Middleton Abington.
He married Betty Lou Beedle on June 25, 1950 in Vandalia and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Michael (Jane) Abington, of Warrensburg; two daughters, Deborah Wood and Vicki (Chuck) Padgett, both of Vandalia; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Amy) Abington, of Lee’s Summit; Casey Abington, of Maryville; Brian (Heather) Wood, of St. Charles; Jason Shaw, of Mexico; and Matthew (Kristi) Shaw, of St. Charles; one step-grandson, Chris (Michelle) Padgett, of Columbia; six great-grandchildren,  Nathan and Ben Abington, of Lee’s Summit; Shelbi and Payton Shaw, of Mexico; Sydney and Mason Shaw, of St. Charles; and two step-great-grandchildren, Blake and Charli Jean Padgett, of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Abington, and his twin, Robert Abington; and one sister, Marian Abington.
Mr. Abington was a lifetime area resident and member  of the Vandalia First Baptist Church. He grew up and attended school in Vandalia. He went to Moline, Ill., along with his two brothers, to find work. He came back to  Vandalia  and went to work at the shoe factory, followed by Walsh brick plant. Walsh was later named C&E Refractories, where he worked for 33 years until it closed in 1986.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War from October 1, 1952 until September 30, 1954 and attained the rank of Corporal. He loved having his family around and riding horses. He belonged to the Tri County Saddle Club for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Jeremy and Casey Abington, Brian Wood, Jason and Matthew Shaw, and Chris Padgett. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vandalia First Baptist Church Food Pantry or the charity of the donar’s choice. Online condonlences may be made at