July 4, 1921 – July 31, 2013
Raymond (Ray) Oliver Stein, a former resident of El Macero, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at age 92, on his 70th wedding anniversary, July 31, 2013. He died at home in Sparks, Nev., where he had been living with his eldest daughter and son-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary nee Waldraff, and two sons, Raymond Wesley Stein and Kenneth Michael Stein. He is survived by his children, Virginia (David) Simi, Karen Stein, Christina (Jeff) Dal Porto, Cindy Stein-Dailey (David) and Stephen (Beth) Stein; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was his family’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” born on the Fourth of July, 1921 in Minneapolis.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1939, serving in the Atlantic as chief signalman (CSM) on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger both before and during WWII. He transferred to the submarine service in 1944 and served on the Pollack as CSM and then on the Tirante as CSM and official submarine photographer.
He graduated with a degree in geology from USC. His career emphasis was both oil and natural gas exploration throughout California. He served as president and owner of Methane Engineering Co. He was a member of multiple organizations emphasizing his military service, faith and community.
A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3159 Land Park Lane, in Sacramento, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. A burial service will follow at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, with a reception at Holy Spirit Church Center. Visitation will be at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D St., Davis, on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer vigil at 7 p.m.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.