“You’re Wonderful!” Ray would say to just about anyone who crossed his path. His two granddaughters, three daughters, his wife Betty, and later, caregivers and friends were all “wonderful” in Ray’s eyes.
Ray was born to Lawrence Carl Posz and Lois Margaret Woods in Fort Dodge, Iowa on July 11, 1925 alongside his two brothers, Charles and James. Ray joined the Navy during WWII and was part of the V-12 Naval College Training Program where he earned his engineering degree through the University of Minnesota. Ray and Betty met at the University of Minnesota and they married on Oct. 23, 1948.
He worked at Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis until 1962 when he moved his family, including Betty’s folks, to Bellevue to work for Boeing, first as an engineer and later in international sales. This last position took him traveling around the world.
He also played the tuba with the Bellevue Community Band for many years.
Ray and Betty purchased the property and built “The Cabin” in Sandy Hook on Whidbey Island in the 1960s. They spent weekends and summers at The Cabin and decided to live there full time in retirement. He loved living on the water. You could often find him pulling in the crab pots or having a bonfire on the beach with friends and family. He also loved to travel, eat out, drink Scotch and most importantly, he never wanted to miss a party. For many years, Ray and Betty spent their Friday nights at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club, with many of the friends they had made on the island over the years.
Ray was a loving husband and father — that was more important to him than virtually anything else. His wife Betty was the love of his life and it showed in every gesture he made and word he spoke. He raised three daughters who were with him faithfully until the end. More than anything, Ray was a family man. Growing up, his daughters had an interest in horses, and Ray bought and maintained a horse barn on his property to facilitate this. He served leadership roles in the Lake Washington Saddle Club, the PTA in the Bellevue School District and Job’s Daughters International. Having three daughters was probably his finest role. Alongside Betty, they encouraged young people and nurtured them. Their home was always open to friends of their daughters, which led many of them to feel right at home at the Posz’s. Many of those friends have remained close to the family to this day.
A comment from a family friend encapsulates his spirit: “Ray was such a wonderful man, he was always surrounded by girls and took his role as a dad very seriously. I am blessed to have known him.”
His beloved wife Betty passed away in September 2016. He is survived by daughters Nancy Posz-Doolittle (Tom), Marcia Posz, Mary Posz (Gene Kegley), grandchildren Jaclyn (Scott) McConnell, Cassie (Tyler) Campbell, great grandchildren Isla Ray and Lewis, brother James Posz (Joan), sister-in-law Mabel Posz.
A service in his memory will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm at Langley United Methodist Church at 301 Anthes Ave., Langley. Memorials can be made to The HUB After School teen program www.thehubafterschool.org/ or to their church http://langleyumc.org/
Thanks to WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care, Careage of Whidbey, Whidbey Memorial and ResCare Caregivers, especially Bonnie Keene.