WILLSBORO -- Raymond L. Jerdo, 80, of Reber, N.Y., died at CVPH Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Essex, N.Y., March 13, 1927, the son of John and Elinor (Tyrell) Jerdo. Mr. Jerdo had a distinguished military career. He served in the Seabees during World War II, 1945 to 1946; he was in the Reserves from 1946 through 1950. From 1950 to 1954, he was in the U.S. Marines, serving in Korea and survived the "Chosin Reservoir." He received the following medals: Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Metal. He worked for National Lead Industries in Tahawus as a carpenter and heavy equipment operator, retired from Essex County Buildings and Grounds Department and for eight years at the Willsboro Senior Housing. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1505, 45-year member of the Reber Fire Department, the Essex County Fire Police and a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Church. He is survived by his wife, Etna (Soper) Jerdo, whom he married June 21, 1950; a son, Douglas and wife Deborah Jerdo of Saranac Lake; a daughter, Debra and husband Keith Bombard of West Chazy, a daughter, Darlene and husband Karl Booth of Clintonville; 12 grandchildren, Brent Jerdo, Melanie Jerdo Wheaton, Heather Andersson, Jeremy, Samantha, Danielle, Cassandra, Krystle, Karla and Kaitlyn Booth; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Jerdo of Willsboro and Robert and wife Mary Jerdo of Wadhams; a cousin, Ella Mero of Willsboro; and several nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by his parents; brothers Leroy, Albert, Freddie; sister Flora Gardner; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Joshua Jerdo; and his mother-in-law, Marion (Soper) Hutchins. Ray's favorite saying was "Once a Marine always a Marine" and proved this true with his long courageous battle with cancer. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Church in Essex, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at 11 a.m. Burial followed in the Reber Cemetery, Reber Road, Willsboro, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Reber Fire Company, St. Joseph's Church or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh. Huestis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.