Raymond J. Walkowski
November 10, 1933 – June 7, 2019
Lt. Col. Raymond J. Walkowski, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1997, passed away on June 7, 2019. He was born to John R. and Helen F. Walkowski in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was one of seven children. He spent his childhood in Brownstown, a small community outside of Johnstown. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and attended Johnstown Center of the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BS in Military Science and the Air Force Institute of Technology with a MS in Logistics Management. It was in Johnstown that he met and married Rosemary S. Siembak.
In 1954, Ray began a 23-year career in the USAF. He was commissioned and awarded his Navigator Wings in 1955 at Harlingen AFB, TX. His first assignment was as a navigator abroad the EC-121 aircraft flying radar missions over the North Atlantic Ocean during the Cold War. After attending Electronic Warfare School at Keesler AFB, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command where he flew as an Electronic Warfare Officer aboard B-52s at Eglin AFB, Florida and Walker AFB, NM. After earning his MS Degree from The Air Force Institute of Technology he served a tour in Vietnam at Than Son Nuht AB, Saigon. He was then assigned to the Drone/Remotely Piloted Vehicle System Program Office as the Deputy for Integrated Logistics Support located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. His terminal assignment was with the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Kirkland AFB, NM He was awarded the Master Navigator and Master Missileman Designations along with the Bronze Star Meritorious Service, Campaign and Marksmanship Medals.
Upon retirement from the USAF, Ray moved to St. Louis and was a General Manager for a family operated trucking business and Owner of a Personnel Agency. He then returned to Albuquerque and was a Consultant with a defense contractor, became a Financial Advisor, owned and managed a Real Estate Agency and was an Adjunct Professor at Webster University.
Ray loved all sports, both as a participant and a spectator. He was a golfer, bowler, played basketball, baseball, softball, and racquetball. Was a big AF Falcon fan. He also loved the outdoors: camping, especially the treasured times with grandchildren, exploring new adventures, RV-ing with the Trailblazers Group; hunting, fishing, hiking and photography. Family gatherings was one of his favorite joys, and he also enjoyed the camaraderie of the Argonauts, St. Francis Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus and the Eisenhower Golf Group.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Helen, siblings Robert, Genevie, Bernard and Francis. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rosemary: his sons Ray and wife Lynn; Bruce and wife Toni; and his daughter Sandra and husband Ben Horton. Grandchildren: Jacob and wife Tricia, Jillian and husband Doug Anderson, Scott, Jordan, Tyler, Andrew, Jennifer and husband Thomas Headle. Great-grandchildren are Lydia, Eliana, Abigail, Annabelle, Denver and Rosalee. He is also survived by sisters Dorothy and Mary Ellen.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donations in remembrance to: Wounded Warriors via: www.woundedwarriorsproject.org/donate, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via: www.lls.org/donate
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21st, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, 2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, CO, with burial to follow on-site at the St. Francis Columbarium.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish
2650 Parish View
Raymond J. Walkowski
June 14, 2019
To Rosemary and your family: It is with deep respect we tell you how very sorry for your loss. We all knew Ray as friends and much more than that as he unfolded his thoughts, ideas, and life experiences with us. His biography listed above shows him as an individual who had many interests he was one who excelled in all of those.
Jesus tells us to celebrate the life of a departed friend as someone you have respect for, someone willing to have your back, and someone who teaches you about his lifetime experiences. This is what Ray gave all of his friends.
The seven of us learned a lot from Ray after five years of playing poker with him. One of the many things what we learned from him was when we looked in our wallets at the end of a game and realized that there was less money there than when we came to the game with. Thank you very much Ray.
We talked about everything at those games. We all had something to say, but when Ray said something it was different because Ray always folded something of a gem inside of that comment that taught us something that we never knew all from his many career's experience. After the game was over we all said goodbye see you next time very much like "Vaya Con Dios. The last advice the Ray gave to me was regarding politics in Washington DC. He Said "George when you talk about those people all the time you give them a soapbox to stand on that they don't deserve". That little phase will stay with me for the rest of my life. So now from all of your poker buddies we say goodbye. We love you. We miss you. We hope and pray we will see you again Ray.
sandy rose horton
June 14, 2019
To My Loving Father,
I love you so very dearly. You were the greatest father a girl could ever hope for. I was truly blessed by the Father above to have had such a wonderful lifetime of cherished and beautiful memories. Your gentle and kind spirit lives on in my heart. I thank you so much for your enduring love for your family and friends. There was not a moment in your life you would not be around to help and I am so every grateful for that. As navigator of the mighty 52 bombers along with Air Strategic Commander "All you ever wanted to do was fly, take to the heavens and live in the skies: Bravo, Bravo we have a hero aboard that has landed safely to his final journey". I love you Daddy
June 13, 2019
I thank my Granddad for the countless hours of pushing me up the chain-link ladder at the park every Monday when I was younger; but more importantly, for encouraging me to keep climbing and take chances not only then, but throughout my life and my career.
I will miss hearing his voice when we sing the lengthy rendition of the Walkowski's version of "Happy Birthday." I am so thankful to have known him. Cheers to his next adventure, I know Heaven is a wonderful place!
Toni and Dick Feasel
June 12, 2019
We will miss Ray's sense of humor. We both considered him as a good friend. We are sorry that we can not attend his funeral. Our prayers go out for Rosemary and her family.
Love Toni and Dick
June 11, 2019
Just wanted to say how very sorry we are to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of Uncle Bud as a child at the family get togethers in Johnstown and later through the years at other functions.
I will always remember his soft spoken voice and sweet smile. He will be missed.
Ed & Linda