Raymond Douglas Vasek
ODESSA: On June 20, 1961, there was a 9 lb. 9 oz. 25 inch Angel born from the union of June Lang and John Vasek. This Angel was Raymond Douglas Vasek. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and moved to Odessa, Texas, in March 1966 where he attended public schools and graduated from Permian High School. While in high school Doug rode skateboards, motorcycles, Odysseys and demolition track racing. After graduation he went to work for Machine Renewal and continued his hobbies.
In April 1985, he married C.J. in Odessa, Texas. Doug adopted C.J.’s son, Will, and during their marriage they adopted their other children, Preston, Trinity and Rachel. Doug and C.J. were active in three motorcycle clubs, (Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Christian Motorcycle Association and Tribe of Judah), foster children’s program, active in his church, ministered to the gangs and he and his wife were instrumental in starting the Angel House in Odessa, Texas.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2003. He had a strong faith in the Lord, a sense of humor and many friends and family that helped him with his courageous battle. Doug moved his family to Cabool, Mo., in June 2004 where C.J.’s family was living. Doug spent numerous days in the hospital in Mo., before he went to be with the Lord on August 16, 2004.
Services for him were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 19, 2004, at Cabool Assembly of God.
He is preceded in death by two stepsons, Ronnie Russell and Rick Reid; grandfather, R.F. “Red” Lang; grandmother, Bertha Lang; great-grandmother, Maudia Rowden; uncle, Billy Vasek and aunt, Betty Vasek. He is survived by his wife, C.J. Vasek; children, Trinity, Preston, Rachel and Will and wife, Christy, and grandson, Ethan; mother, June Lang; father, John Vasek; one brother, Todd Vasek and his wife, Sandy; two sisters, Jody Badgwell and husband, Phil, and LaDonna Lammert and husband, Joel; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Doug will be missed by all that knew him.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2004, at the VFW Hall located on 208 E. VFW Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials will be accepted at the VFW for the Angel House.
August 26, 2004 Odessa American