Raymond (Ray) Oliver Stein
July 4, 1921 – July 31, 2013
Raymond (Ray) Oliver Stein passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at age 92, on his 70th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He died at home in Sparks, Nev., where he had been living with his eldest daughter and son-in-law. Ray formerly lived in El Macero. He was his family's "Yankee Doodle Dandy," born on the 4th of July, 1921, in Minneapolis.
Ray joined the Navy in 1939, serving in the Atlantic as chief signalman on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger both before and during WWII
. He transferred to the submarine service in 1944 and served on the Pollack as CSM and then on the Tirante as CSM and Official Submarine photographer. He graduated with a degree in geology from USC. His career emphasis was both oil and natural gas exploration throughout California. He served as president and owner of Methane Engineering Co. He was a member of multiple organizations emphasizing his military service, faith and community.
Ray is survived by his children Virginia (David) Simi, Karen Stein, Christina (Jeff) Dal Porto, Cindy Stein-Dailey (David), and Stephen (Beth) Stein; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary nee Waldraff and his two sons, Raymond Wesley Stein and Kenneth Michael Stein.
A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D St., Davis, with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3159 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. A burial service will follow at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, with a reception at Holy Spirit Church Center.