Raymond L. Gillis , 83, passed away on October 17, 2013. He was born on May 18, 1930 in East Palestine, OH to Angus Gillis and Susanna Call-Gillis. Raymond was preceded in death by his: parents; sisters, Anna and Patricia; and brothers, John and Lawrence. He is survived by his: loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Crowley-Gillis; daughters, Maureen Kelley and Katie Reagan; sons, John and Patrick; sister, Suzanne; brother, Peter; grandchildren, Joshua, Travis and Holly Kelley, Samuel, Erin and Brian Reagan, Preston and Reagan Gillis; great granddaughter, Olivia Kelley and numerous family members and friends. When his country called Raymond answered by joining the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He worked for General Electric and Lockheed Martin, before retiring in 1995. Some of the major programs he worked on where: Polaris, Apollo, Shuttle and Space Station. Raymond had a passion for his family and loved to ski and travel abroad, passions he acquired after retirement. Raymond's family will receive guests at a visitation held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062. Inurnment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Raymond's honor to either St. Bernadette Christian Action Fund, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062 or
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2013