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In Memory of

Ray W. Bergmann

June 24, 1921 - September 28, 2012

Obituary


On September 28th, Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep. We lost a devoted husband, a loving father, a cherished grandfather and a committed friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dora, his sons Kurt (Wendy), Kel (Sue), Kris and Kraig (Lori) and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Lauren, Lisa, Kaitlyn and Ashley.
Ray was born in Portland OR on June 24, 1921. He grew up in the Illinois River Valley of Southern Oregon. Ray was one of many that committed to faithfully serve our country in WWII as a pilot...

On September 28th, Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep. We lost a devoted husband, a loving father, a cherished grandfather and a committed friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dora, his sons Kurt (Wendy), Kel (Sue), Kris and Kraig (Lori) and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Lauren, Lisa, Kaitlyn and Ashley.
Ray was born in Portland OR on June 24, 1921. He grew up in the Illinois River Valley of Southern Oregon. Ray was one of many that committed to faithfully serve our country in WWII as a pilot in the Army Air Corp attaining the rank of Major in the Air Force. He survived being shot down over Yugoslavia and detainment as a POW. Ray returned from Germany at the end of the war to marry his wife Dora in 1945. Ray served his community by bringing electricity to much of southern Oregon and building dams and power plants for Pacific Corporation throughout the Northwest. Ray was very aware of the cost of power and would ensure his family and friends would not be wasteful; he was a creative recycler well before it was in vogue. Ray lived throughout the Pacific Northwest, first living in Oregon, Wyoming and then Washington where he enjoyed many years of retirement. He was an avid fishing enthusiast and a conservationist. He would spend endless hours fishing for salmon or trout and teaching his sons the pleasure of these times. He enjoyed gardening, hiking, and camping with his family.
Ray was well known and loved for his sharp mind, a quick wit and endless amounts of humorous pranks. Many visitors found something unusual tucked deep in their shoe, luggage or a piece of wood in your pillow. He was also a wonderful story teller, especially when sharing with his grandchildren the events of his life. To his final day Ray enjoyed a sharp repartee with his family that always resulted in much laughter.
Per Ray's wishes, all arrangements are private.