Ray Lee Stossel (1944 - 2018)

  • "We love Ray very much, his humor and laugh were contagious..."
    - Dannielle & Todd
  • "So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. You were so lucky to..."
    - Deborah Hilt
  • "It was a privilege and an honor for the few days I sat with..."
    - Tinia Tucker
  • "I love you"
    - DeAnna Stossel
  • "I am just so sorry for your loss. It comforts me to know..."
    - Mary Pedersen

It is with great sadness that the family of Ray Lee Stossel announces his passing after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. Ray Lee Stossel passed away peacefully with his wife by his side, at the age of 74, in his home on August 2, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

Ray was given the gift of life and now he has been chosen to give it back. This was a difficult task for him, which has affected many people. For those of us who were given the chance to meet this incredibly handsome man, we have seen the sparkle in his eyes, his beautiful smile, and heard his infectious laughter. He was blessed with the biggest heart and he would literally give you the shirt off his back, even if it was all he had. In his final days, he remained positive, loving and, of course, humorous. Ray was a lucky man who led a lucky existence, full of love, laughter and creativity; for this, we are incredibly grateful. When he learned that his cancer was terminal, he made the choice to be joyful and live his life to the fullest, rather than be sad about how his life would end. Ray cherished even the small moments in his life, because it is those moments that make a life worth living. He was and will always remain a perfect example as to why it is not the destination that matters, it's the journey it takes to get there.

Ray had the following wish regarding his obituary: "I had a great life, a great wife, and lots of dogs to meet me at the gate."

Ray was born on July 23, 1944 in Maywood, Illinois to Joseph Ray Stossel and Jennie Marie Suter-Stossel. He retired from Longshoring from the Local 27 after 40 plus years. He is survived by his beloved wife/best friend of 28 years, DeAnna Lynn Dean Stossel, and their "fur-babies" Harley, Missy, Dude and Levi; his children, Andy Stossel from Port Angeles and Tina Stossel-Balsama from Clearwater, FL; his siblings, Connie Smith of Bowling Green, KY, Deena Stossel of Port Angeles and Bill Stossel of Sequim, WA. Ray will also be forever remembered by his grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Many thanks to Dr. Kummet, Dr. David Lewis, Volunteer Hospice and Caregiver, Jamie Bordelon, and all the friends and family who helped Ray's journey go smoothly. A pot luck Celebration of Life will be at noon on September 23, 2018 at 3511 Critchfield Road. Memorial donations can be made to Volunteer Hospice and/or Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.
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Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory - Port Angeles
(360) 457-1210
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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