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Raymond Gornto(1923 - 2013)

Raymond Gornto passed away peacefully at home in Palm Desert, where he resided with his wife Charlotte for 26 years, on October 20, after a long battle with cancer. Born a ninth generation U.S. citizen, He was raised in Eagle Rock, Calif. and was graduated from Franklin High School. He continued on to live, work and raise a family in this same community. He served as a Second Gunners Mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the Louisville for which he received eight stars, four ribbons and a Victory medal. He also received "Plank" status when crossing over the equator abroad the USS Springfield, while escorting President Roosevelt's ship to the Yalta conference in Feb. 1945. Following his military service discharge in 1946, Ray worked in various capacities of the awning and tent industry; at first for the family-owned L.A Awning Company, and later, for United Tent and Supply, and Jensville. Upon his father's retirement, he acquired the family - owned window covering company, Oxy Blind and Shade, which he continued to own and operate for 26 years until he retired in 1986 and relocated in 1990 to Portola Country Club in Palm Desert. His remaining years were spent enjoying his family and friends, playing golf, and traveling. Raymond is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte Gornto, his children: Janis Chew, Cathy Riley, and Ray Gornto; his grandchildren: Joseph Kozak, III , Jeffrey Kozak, Randall Chew, Kristin Chew, Kayla Riley and Austin Gornto; and four great-grandchildren: Trevor Kozak, Benjamin Kozak, Leah Kozak, and Ryder Chew. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Sunrise Chapel.

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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 30, 2013
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