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Offenhauser, Bob Ray  
February 8, 1927 - May 12, 2016 Bob Ray Offenhauser, a proud third generation Southern Californian, returning as a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, immediately began training to fulfill his life's dream of becoming an architect. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California School of Architecture, Bob Ray was fortunate to have partnered with his father to build his first designs. These unique residences launched his career of designing custom residential homes, each with a different look. He designed for the client, and always made certain that the process was a memorable and happy experience. Although the majority of his creations are located in Southern California, he designed estates around the world. He was especially proud of his work at The Huntington Library and Gardens, and most honored with the recognition as the American Architect of The Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan. Bob Ray transitioned forward to join his daughter Karen, who planned to study Architecture, and later join her father in his architectural practice. The last days of his life were in the Garden Room of his home which he so beautifully designed. He was surrounded by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, formerly Katherine Stoll, his adored son, Madison and son-in-law, Hobie Sheeder, who Bob Ray affectionately referred to as Son II. A Party and Dedication is planned to celebrate Bob Ray's life on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in the Pasadena area. If you wish to attend, kindly respond by May 30, 2016 to CelebrateBobRay@gmail.com to receive details for this private event. The family requests that gifts in Bob Ray's memory be made to the Huntington Library specifically for the completion of Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden, which Bob Ray was the American Architect. Please send checks payable to The Huntington, Attn: Society of Fellows Office, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. Or simply go online to https://order.huntington.org/donate (specific designation is Chinese Garden Phase 2). You may also contact Pamela Hearn at The Huntington - (626) 405-2264.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 22, 2016
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