Long time Galveston resident, Raymond “Ray” Joseph King, Sr., age 90, died Sunday, April 3rd, at his daughter’s home in Pasadena, Texas after a period of declining health. He was in the company of loving and caring family at the time of his death.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the youngest child of Rudolph John King and Sarah McCormick King. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Madeline, Rudolph Jr., Arthur, Bernard, and adopted brother Joseph Lauer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Kathryn Marie Strickland King, and second wife of 32 years, Marcella Strelsky King. Ray is survived by his five children; Deanna Carol Ivey and husband Richard, of Santa Fe; Susie Kay Mount and husband Bill, of Pasadena; Ray King, Jr. and wife Margaret, of Austin; Mary Jane Blake and husband James, of Pasadena; and Charles David King, of Galveston. He also leaves behind 11 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren.
At the age of 17 Ray enlisted in the Army, and during World War II, landed on the shores of France during the invasion of Normandy. He also served proudly with the Third Army, 71st Division, 5th Infantry, under the command of General George Patton. After four years of active service to his country, he enlisted for two years as a Marine Reservist, in Galveston.
Ray began his career with Todd Shipyards, Galveston Division, as a Pipe Fitter Helper and retired after 38 yrs. as a Senior Marine machinist. Co-workers described him as an honest, hard-working skilled machinist who was usually the first one selected for difficult offshore jobs.
Ray was a life member of the VFW Post 880 and served as Post Senior Vice Commander from 1952 to 1954. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aries 48. Ray was a faithful member of St. Patrick Church where he served as an usher for many years. He was an active member of St. Patrick Men’s Club.
Ray loved to cook, dance, sing, volunteer, and enjoyed visiting with friends and family. His meatloaf, spaghetti, brownies and chocolate cakes were popular with all who had the pleasure of experiencing his culinary skills. Saturday nights would usually find him dancing at one of these clubs; Sons of Herman, the VFW or at the Knights of Columbus Hall. One could frequently find him volunteering at the Women’s Crisis Center, John Sealy Hospital, and Meals-on-Wheels. At 89 years of age, he was teaching 3 of his grandchildren (Tyler King, Caitlin & Sara Severs) to dance the Cha Cha, the Waltz, the Swing, the Jitter-Bug, and, the Texas Two Step, so they could dance at their Uncle James’s wedding.
Those who knew Ray loved him. Kind, gentle and giving were adjectives frequently used to describe him. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had an endearing love for animals of all kinds and in his later years there were none more cherished or important than his dogs, Lucy and Jake. We are blessed for having known him – he loved his children wholeheartedly as well as his grandchildren. He will be truly missed, but will live on through us, and in our memories.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, with a Rosary recited at 6:30 P.M., at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, in Galveston. Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday April 9th at St. Patrick Church in Galveston. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock. Pallbearers will be grandsons, James Blake, Jr., Brian Hill, Richard King, Tyler King, Brandon Wallace and Duane Wallace.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.carnesbrothers.com/contactus. Please include the King name.