Raymond J. Tuttoilmondo, 85, of Hitchcock, passed to eternal rest on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.
Raymond J. Tuttoilmondo
Hayes Funeral Home
Raymond was the last of five children, born in Galveston to Charles and Marie Lena (Casentini) Tuttoilmondo on April 11, 1926. He was reared in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School, where he was a ROTC cadet captain and drummer in the school’s band. He enlisted in and proudly served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946, flying as an aerial gunner on B-24 “Liberator” bombers in the 13th Air Force, stationed at Clark Air Field, Manila, Philippines.
Shortly after returning home to Galveston, Raymond – known as “Toot” to many of his friends – started a career with Houston Lighting and Power Company, retiring as a head lineman in 1987 after 40 years of dedicated service. Always seeking to learn new ideas, the young Raymond could often be found tinkering with televisions and radios in his workshop, helping a friend or two install some sort of electrical wiring, or even dabbling in real estate sales in his later life. After he retired, his passion for learning never ebbed as he returned to school, earning two Master degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, an achievement of which he was always quite proud.
During his life, he served the Boy Scouts as an assistant scoutmaster and was an active member in Knights of Columbus Council 10393. He was a life member of VFW Post 5400 and a long-time member of IBEW Local 66, as well as an active participant in the Catholic community at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Anthony “Tony”, Lawrence, and Charles Tuttoilmondo; and his sister, Marie Kirschner. Surviving him are Lydia, his wife of over 62 years; his son, Raymond and wife Cheryl of Dickinson, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless scores of acquaintances he met and befriended throughout his long life.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hitchcock, with Fr. John Kappe, officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.
Casketbearers will be Larry Tuttoilmondo, Mark Tuttoilmondo, Joe Ratky, Kenneth Lee, Vincent Liggio, and Herb Divin. Honorary bearer will be Danny O’Grady.
The family will receive visitors at Hayes Funeral Home in Hitchcock (10412 Highway 6 (409) 925-3501) on Thursday, August 11, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Vigil and recitation of the Holy Rosary will be conducted there beginning at 7:00 p.m. www.HayesFuneralHome.com