Raymond A. Kaligian III

December 3, 1984February 19, 2013

Raymond Allen Kaligian III, 28, of Houston, Texas and formerly from Raynham, Massachusetts and Geneva, Illinois died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 17th.  His little dog, Willie, died at the same time by his side.

            Ray started his life in Massachusetts where at a young age he had already won a golf chipping contest and was MVP of his baseball team. He moved to Geneva, Illinois in the 3rd grade and attended Geneva Schools graduating in 2003 from Geneva High School.

            He was a gifted athlete and leader and scholar.  He played travel baseball with the Fox Valley Royals until freshman year when he started playing for Geneva High School.  He also played all 4 years on the golf team.  He was All Conference Golf Champion 2002 and All Conference Baseball his junior and senior years.  He was also a National Honor Society member and Key Club Member and Secretary.  He received the honor of Science Student of the Year and Athlete of the Year at the end of his senior year. The City of Geneva awarded Ray the Ben Franklin Science Award in a special ceremony held at the Geneva City Hall upon his high school graduation.

            Ray went to the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He was very proud to be an Alumnus of University of Illinois but his heart and soul was found in the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity.  He finally had “brothers” for life to confide in, play with and dream about their futures together. He was also a proud member of the professional chemical fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma.

            He was hired in January 2008 by the Phillips 66 Company straight from the University of Illinois to participate in their Selective Leader Development Program.  During this program, Ray fulfilled multiple roles at the Phillips 66 headquarters in Houston and then completed a field sales assignment in West Virginia.  He was recently promoted during the summer of 2012 to become Director of Base Oil Sales located in Houston, Texas. In this role Ray was the key liaison with global suppliers that Phillips 66 conducted business with.

            Jim Gigante of Phillips 66 wrote, “I don’t ever recall a young man that has touched the hearts of so many. I will always see that gleam in his eye, that ever yearning to learn and somehow there was a bit of innocence that set him apart from others. He was a rising star of Phillips 66.”

            Ray’s first love was baseball, but it was his golf game that set him apart from others.  He travelled with his father to Myrtle Beach for their annual “guy’s golf week.” He had become a scratch golfer and was used by friends, business associates and his father’s friends as their secret weapon to win golf tournaments.  Last summer he won 3 tournaments in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Ray’s creative talents and his determination to always be the best at whatever he tried to do led him to master the guitar. He loved classic rock and his guitar interpretations were special.

In the last couple of years, Ray’s passion for adventure and joy for excitement expanded to include mountain biking and white water river rafting with his close college buddies. He also had started travelling for enjoyment having spent a great time in Ireland last year with his good friend Jeff Shaw. He had plans to travel to Germany this fall to participate in Oktoberfest.     

Everyone and anyone who knew Ray loved and respected him. He was the best loyal friend you could have. He was the greatest gift every day of his life to his parents, friends and family.

            Ray was the beloved only child of Ray and Bobbie (Barron) Kaligian.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Thomas and Barbara Barron, his uncle Bill Kaligian and his childhood dog and companion Patrick.  He is survived by his grandmother Carmela Principe of Abington, Massachusetts, grandfather Ray (Ann) Kaligian of Laconia, New Hampshire, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Texas, West Virginia, Illinois, and Massachusetts and the family dog Fenway.

Visitation will be Monday, February 25th  4-8:00 PM, with a service at 7 PM in Houston, Texas at Earthman Funeral Directors – 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, February 28th at 11:00 AM at the Yurs Funeral Home 1771 W State St. (Rte 38) Geneva, IL. A Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass will also be held Saturday, March 2nd at 12:00 PM at the Chapel of Our Savior Shrine, 475 Westgate Dr, Brockton, Massachusetts, with a luncheon immediately following at Thorny Lea Golf Club, 159 Torrey St. Contributions may be made in Ray’s name to his favorite charity Rebuilding Together Houston, P.O. Box 15315 Houston, TX 77220 or to Willie’s animal shelter: Houston SPCA 900 Portway Dr., Houston TX 77024. For more information or to leave an online condolence please call 630-232-7337 or visit


  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 25, 2013

Raymond A. Kaligian III

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Pattie Cedrone

March 31, 2013

Bobbie and family. I am so very sorry; my thoughts are with you -- actually, I just do not know what to say. My heart aches for you and family. Pattie Cedrone

Johnathan Cruz

March 12, 2013

We are deeply sadden to hear of Ray&Willie's recent passing. I'm a manager at a dogdaycre in Hou.Tx where we had the fine pleasure of meeting Mr. Kaligian and taking care of Willie. Our thoughts and payers are with you and your family

-Jackson's Place

Tammy Tinder

March 7, 2013

Dear Kaligian Family,
I wanted you to know that your son was admired very much by his peers at P66. He was always friendly and with a smile. I saw Ray two weeks before his passing and as always, he was happy and confident. We are very saddened by his passing. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

Bill & Marcie Carlson

March 2, 2013

Ray & Bobbie,
Our hearts ache for you at this time of great sorrow. Please know that you are in our thought and prayers. We have fond memories of Ray from the Geneva High School baseball days. May God bless you and comfort you always.
Bill & Marcie Carlson

David McDonald

March 1, 2013

I cannot imagine how hard it is at this time for you both and I know how proud you were of Ray. We will keep you in our prayers.

Tim Kellick

February 28, 2013

Thinking of you at this time of sorrow.

Tim Corbet

February 28, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carey Widder

February 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathy.

Bob Alves

February 27, 2013

Mr and Mrs Kaligian. My sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers...always. Bob Alves

Erin Dargis

February 27, 2013

I can't remember a time where Ray did not have a smile on his face that expressed his true love for life and others. I know we have lost touch since high school, but you will forever be in my heart. Thanks for your kind spirit, Ray. You will truly be missed.

Erin Dargis