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Obituary for Raymond Ralph Wuitschick

Raymond Ralph Wuitschick Sr. left this world to be with our heavenly Father on December 30th, 2023.
Ray was born July 21, 1932, in Selfridge, North Dakota to parents Carl and Frances (Feist) Wuitschick. The family relocated to Yakima, Washington in 1936 to make a better life during the Great Depression. Ray attended St. Paul Catholic School and graduated from Marquette High School in 1950.

In 1951 Ray joined the Air Force and was trained as a surgical technician. He was proud to serve his country as an Airman First Class. He had many interesting stories he shared about his experiences. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

One of Ray’s greatest passions developed during high school was the game of golf. He would compete at the state level and go on to caddy and manage a pro-golf shop, where he was widely loved by patrons. Ray had a love for fishing and the outdoors. He taught his younger brother and nephews to fish and together they caused mischief. Ray passed along his knowledge of both golf and fishing to his son, creating many special memories.

Following in the steps of his big brothers John and Rich, Ray joined the Woolworth company and managed stores in Bremerton, Washington, Tillamook, Oregon, Roseburg, Oregon and his last store in Las Vegas, Neveda. It was here that he met Lynne Carroll, who he would marry, welcoming Sharon, Shannon and Raymond Jr. They would later part ways, however remained friends over the years.

After his retirement from Woolworth, Ray created a successful independent sales business with clients throughout Washington, the Pacific Northwest, California and Mexico. He took pride in his business and the relationships he built along the way.

In 1988, Ray began to spend special time with longtime friend, Leila Bizzell. Their relationship blossomed and on July 2, 1988, they married in Monmouth, Oregon. It was then that Ray gained another daughter, Rachel. Ray and Leila lived on several acres of beautiful property in Dallas, Oregon. He could be seen often on his beloved tractor mowing across the wide spaces. Together they would bask in the amazing sunsets and the wonder of snow blanketing the land.

Ray’s most cherished part of his life was his family. He was devoted to providing care and advocacy for his loving wife Leila later in life. He is an adored father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Ray is proceeded in death by his wife Leila of 35 years, his parents Carl and Frances Wuitschick, and brothers John and Richard Wuitschick. He is survived by his children Sharon Sanchez (Keno) of Fresno, California, Rachel Bush of McMinnville, Oregon, Shannon Biteng (Mike) of Salem, Oregon and Raymond R. Wuitschick Jr. of Albany, Oregon; sister Delores Cleman (Braxton) of Oroville, Washington and brother Steve Wuitschick of Spokane, Washington. Ray also deeply loved his nine grandchildren, Adrianna, Mathew and Jonathan Sanchez, Taylor Wuitschick, Korrina and Olivia Drobish, Audrey Bush and Jackson and Eli Biteng. He had many nieces and nephews who all had a special place in his heart.

Services will be held January 20th at 11:00 am at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas, Oregon. A burial ceremony with full honors will be held at Willamette Cemetery on January 22nd at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests tribute donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.