Tensfeldt, Raymond J.
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84, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on February 23, 2014. Ray graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1952. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Artillery. He served his commitment as a missile systems officer and later accepted positions in the defense industry as an as aerospace engineer. He served in positions of increased responsibility throughout his career in missile testing and aerospace that took him and his family from Texas, New Mexico, New York, Utah, California, and eventually Scottsdale. Avid sportsman from an early age, Ray became a varsity letterman at Tenafly High School, New Jersey, in football, basketball, track, baseball, and went on to play college football as a tight end for West Point for four years. Throughout his life Ray enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and even into his 80's enjoyed weekly matches with his friends at Paiute Racquet Club. Ray loved to read autobiographies, espionage and military novels and completed daily crossword puzzles. He enjoyed camaraderie and friendship as a member of the Men's Club of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Ray had a quick wit and handsome smile and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends who are forever grateful for his steady leadership and encouragement. Beloved husband, friend, and father of six, passed away surrounded in prayer and the love of his family. He is survived by wife Maureen of 62 years, sons Jon (wife Gail) and Jeff (wife Leanne), and daughters Judith Ann, Maura (husband Rick), Therese (husband Michael), and Tricia, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ray was the youngest of three brothers and is survived by his brother Bill. A rosary will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. also at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Burial will be held in July 2014 at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Messenger Indian School Mortuary. Contributions can be made to Americare Hospice.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 26, 2014