Jerry F. Ray: 1933-2023
Last updated 9/21/2023 at 10:29am
It is with a heavy heart that we honor and remember the life of Jerry F. Ray. Jerry, a loving father, passed away on September 2, 2023, in Edmonds, at the age of 89, peacefully passing away in his sleep due to natural causes.
Jerry's journey began on September 25,1933, in Ada, Oklahoma; however, if anyone asked him where he was from, he would say San Francisco. San Francisco was a place he moved to as a young boy, where he went through school, and delivered newspapers as his first job.
Jerry then worked at Safeway, and was a manager at a movie theater in downtown San Francisco. He joined the Merchant Marines and set sail around the world, notably crossing the Panama Canal, and docked in many ports as far as Japan.
Following his service as a Merchant Marine, he served his country during and after the Korean Conflict (not in combat) with honor and dignity.
It was during his Active Duty service in Munich, Germany, that he met the love of his life, Rosemarie Feuerabendt, whom he married and shared many beautiful years together. A romance that brought their two daughters, Susanne and Cynthia, into the world.
Following his service in the Air Force, Jerry embarked on a fulfilling career as a Court Reporter for the Department of Defense, stationed at Sembach Air Force Base in Germany. His dedication and commitment shone through in every aspect of his work, leaving a lasting impact on those he encountered.
Jerry's passion for storytelling led him to author two memorable autobiographical books. His first book delved into the fascinating chapters of his own life, while the second book lovingly depicted Rosemarie's experiences as a refugee at a young age during World War II in Nazi Germany.
Jerry proudly self-published the book, "Goodbye Homeland," and it received wide acclaim in local bookstores throughout Washington state. Through his writing, Jerry shared poignant insights into the often untold stories of resilience and courage.
In accordance with Jerry's wishes, his remains will be cremated and transported to The Columbarium in San Francisco, joining those of his beloved wife, Rosemarie, who pre-deceased him. It is a comforting thought that they will forever rest together, united even in eternity.
Jerry was a private person, and he requested that any celebration of him be privately held. Jerry will be remembered as a loving father, a dedicated veteran, and a gifted storyteller. His memory will continue to inspire and touch the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
Jerry's legacy lives on through his daughters, Susanne Pearson and Cynthia Ray, and his son-in-law, James Pearson. They were a constant source of pride and joy for him. He cherished every moment with his daughters, instilling in them a sense of love, strength, and resilience.
May his soul find eternal peace, and may the memories of his life bring those who knew him comfort in this difficult time.