Ray was born May 27, 1911 in Portland. He attended
Cleveland High School in Seattle and captained a number of
sports teams. In setting out for a career he took courses
and taught himself electric motors. He founded Iman Electric
in Seattle. On June 30 of 1939, Ray married Carlotta Ester
Cook, our mother.
They lived in Seattle and spent a great deal of time at
their summer cabin on Camano Island. Ray was handy at nearly
all practical skills related to carpentry and construction,
so always had a million projects in laying concrete, fixing
crab-traps, making fishing lures or smelt rakes, building
garages or bunk-rooms for the many visiting kids of family
Always a "kid" at heart, Ray loved nothing more than
hunting, fishing, hiking, or blackberry and huckleberry
picking in some woods. He was always talking people into
coming along with him. Ray had many, many friends.
Ray died in a boating accident while fishing in June of
1968. Literally hundreds of people who knew him from
business, sporting, or neighborhood lives turned out at what
was expected to be a very small funeral.
Ray and "Carla" (or or "Duckie") sprang Stephen (Steve)
and Jay about seventeen months apart in 1940 and 1942.