Ray Bartosh embraced life fully. Ray's life was shaped by hard work and an infectious and joyful spirit. He sought adventure and challenge in a career that took him all over the world. Ray filled his life with hobbies and interests he willingly shared with others. He prided himself on being a dedicated father and family man. He passed into the arms of God peacefully on Monday March 27, 2017 surrounded by loved ones blessed by his example of strength, joy and goodness.
Ray was a self-made man. Born to George and Amy Bartosh on July 22, l931, he grew up in the Navy town of Vallejo, CA during WWII which gave him a lifelong interest in ships, aircraft and WWII history. Volunteering for the Navy during the Korean War, Ray served from 1951-1955 and, using the GI bill, attended San Jose State University where he managed his DU Fraternity house, earned a BA in Business, and courted and married his college sweetheart, Sue Doyle, in 1958.
Ray put himself through night school to earn his MBA then launched himself into a distinguished thirty-three year career in pharmaceuticals with Dow Chemical. Ray's career took him, Sue and his young son, Tim, and daughter, Stephanie, from California to Washington DC, to Indiana and then overseas for eight years in Hong Kong and Singapore where Ray was initially product manager and then regional sales manager for Dow Chemical for South Asia. Ray loved traveling, easily made good friends throughout his vast sales territory and embraced the region's many cultures and traditions. Ray's career culminated at Dow's headquarters in Midland Michigan.
Despite a demanding career, Ray found time for music, hobbies and his community. He taught himself the banjo and piano and never missed an opportunity to dance! While working in Hong Kong, Ray became very active with the Boy Scouts. As a Scout Master he took twenty-eight Scouts to the Philippines to march the trail of the Bataan Death March. His many hobbies included making model airplanes, golfing, boating, fishing, gardening, travel and spending time with dear friends.
Upon retiring Ray and Sue settled in Lakeway, Texas, where they spent twenty wonderful fun filled years and Ray continued to give to his community. Ray served fifteen years as a volunteer at the reception desk at City Hall. He also served on the Board of Friends of the Park. Ray started the Men's Nine Hole Golf Group at the Lakeway Golf Clubs. Ray often was seen happily driving around Lakeway in his 1977 red Volkswagen convertible and visiting with his Men's Breakfast Club friends. He sang with the Lakeway Sing-Along group for many years and loved playing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and the Grinch in the Christmas plays. He was the recipient of the Unsung Hero award in Lakeway for his commitment to the community.
During the past three decades, Ray bore his affliction with Parkinson's disease with grace, seeking life's joy despite his challenges. As the disease made life more difficult, Ray and Sue moved to Longhorn Village. He continued to enjoy his hobby of building model airplanes and appreciating the support of the Longhorn community.
Ray is survived by Sue, his wife for 59 years, his son Tim and daughter-in law Karen, his step grandsons, Brendan and Kameron of Terrell, Texas and his daughter, Stephanie, and son-law, Christopher McMahon, and grandchildren, Patrick, Kevin, Michael and Caroline of Oakton, Virginia.
Ray passed away after a thirty year courageous and valiant battle with Parkinson Disease.
He will always be remembered for his easy smile, his wonderful quick wit, one liners, dry sense of humor and ability to never give up.
The family would like to thank their many friends for their enduring love, support, and prayers.
Services will be held April 8, 2017 at 2pm at The Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Blvd, Lakeway, TX 78734. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Lakeway Church or Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org).