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Raymond Schaaf

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Raymond Schaaf

Celebration of Life for Raymond Schaaf

Before he was born and until the end Ray loved football.

Born in 1924 to Simon and Theresa, Ray lived on several farms in the Palouse. "The high school at Starbuck had four students," Ray shared. "I would be the only one in the senior class. My resume would have looked good being class president, salutatorian and valedictorian but I wanted to play sports." Determined, Ray moved with his sister to Chewelah - the football team was undefeated.

Ray enrolled at Washington State College in 1942. The union was short lived as a result of World War II. He joined the effort working on a Navy gasoline tanker and then becoming a marine engineer in the Army.

He returned to WSC after the war. Attending a get-acquainted dance Ray spotted Beth, was interested, and discovered her name. He asked her to dance. While dancing, he teased his unsuspecting partner, "Will you point out the girl named Beth?" In two years they married. Ray's accomplishments at WSC include: a varsity football letter, TKE fraternity president, Inter Fraternity Council president, and manager of a Big Band.

Ray graduated from WSC in 1950 and soon thereafter was back in uniform for the nation as part of the Korean War effort. The military and Shell Oil kept Ray and Beth on the move from Spokane, to Pullman, Port Townsend, Yakima, Seattle, Tacoma and finally Bothell. New locations brought new children. All totaled, eleven, enough to make a football team: John, Rod, Sara, Ken, Steve, Terry, Kathy, Karen, Joe, Beverly, and Peter... plus 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Little League Baseball, Junior League Football, City Councilman, school district transportation committee, Kiwanis, and the school district's Golden Acorn Award-all demonstrate Ray's passion for giving back to Bothell.

As an active parishioner of St. Brendan, Ray ushered for years. He lived for his weekly Cursillo Group. Week after week Ray and Beth secured the same seat for the 10:00 AM mass. All the parishioners knew where to find them.

Ray owned and operated Bothell Hardware and continued in hardware and lumber business until he retired. In retirement, Ray grew another zeal-his rose garden with 300 plus carefully labeled roses.

Football! Ray's lifelong obsession. Coach Schaaf drilled countless players. He instilled discipline and hard work as a path to success. Ray's side career includes: started Bothell Bears and Bruins junior league football; statistician for the Bothell High football; assistant coach at Bothell, Woodinville, Eastside Catholic, and Edmonds High Schools; coached till he was 70 years old, rarely missed a Bothell game; visited Cougfan.com each day; steadfast Cougar for both WSU and Bothell. After expressing his love for Beth, his wife of 68 years, Ray's dying words were, "No more kickoffs."

Celebration of Ray's life will be at St. Brendan Catholic Church

10100 NE 192nd St., Bothell, WA 98011, September 20, Wednesday, 11:00 AM Reception to follow. Ray requested no flowers, "I have seen a lot of them in my lifetime, it is a waste of money at my funeral."
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 10, 2017
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