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    - Helen Gregory-Nopson
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    - Kevin Loy
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Reino (Ray) Gilbert Marsula passed away peacefully August 18, 2014 at the age of 90. He was born August 3, 1924 in Ludden, North Dakota to Anna Sophia (Makila) and Frank Marsula.

He attended school in Ludden through the 7th grade, then moved with his family to the Stanwood area where he graduated from Lincoln High School, East Stanwood in 1943. He was named "Most Popular" in his yearbook.

He worked at Everett Shipyards before joining the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving on a tanker in the South Pacific until the end of World War II in 1945. Moving to Mount Vernon he worked for Standard Stations, Dependable Motors and Skagit Auto Parts, purchasing the parts store in 1957 and renaming it "Ray's Auto Parts". He owned the business until 1991, then worked for his son Rich, the new owner, until he retired in 1993.

He was united in marriage to Benita (Nita) LeGro on March 30, 1948 in Mount Vernon. He was a long standing member of the First Methodist Church. He bowled many years in several leagues before taking up golf and joining Overlook Golf Club on retirement. He also enjoyed traveling by plane, on tours, or in an RV. He was active in the Skagit Sam's RV Club, serving as President twice. He loved sports and was a big Husky Football and Sonic's fan.

Some of his favorite times were just at work, joking with his customers. He will be remembered for his good nature and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Nita; sons Richard (Nancy McKean) and Roger Marsula; granddaughters Deannie Nelson (Joe Martin) and Jeannie Revoir (Kevin); great-granddaughters Daileen Ouellette (Charles) and Danae Thompson (Brett), great-grandsons Laird and Landis Revoir; and great-great-granddaughter Alayna Thompson; sister Helen Brewer; sister-in-law Hulda LeGro and newphew Denny LeGro, and other dear nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Diane Peters and brother Elmer Marsula.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, or Skagit Humane Society, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014, 2:00pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home with a reeption to follow in the Hawthorne Reception Room.

Please share your thoughts and sign the online guest register at

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon.
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