OBITUARY

Raymond Ralph Lochhead

April 28, 1923March 3, 2018
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Raymond Ralph Lochhead said goodbye to Emilie, his beloved wife and partner of 72 years, on March 3, 2018.

Vanilla and family were two great passions of his large, fearless life. Born in St. Louis Apr. 28, 1923, Ray founded R. R. Lochhead Manufacturing Co. in Paso Robles in 1963, towing his family and a prized ‘53 Studebaker west on Rt. 66 to start his vanilla business.

Proud graduate of Cal Tech, chemist, engineer, salesman, entrepreneur, single-engine pilot and traveler, Ray was a polymath who shunned convention, relying on a deep Mormon faith. He flew his own planes, fixed his own cars and built his own house. He skied, fly fished, sailed, photographed, hiked, painted, played the piano and sang to Emilie and their five children.

Ray gripped life powerfully and gave all to his family, his life’s driving force. The loss of his son Angus was his greatest grief.

He is survived by his life’s love Emilie, his children Guy, Louise, Carolyn and Josephine, grandchildren Raymond, Emilie, Louise, Angus, Rudy, Susannah, Jeanne, Jesse, Margaret, George and Henry, nine great grandchildren, and his brother James. We love you Dad. Services are 11 a.m., with viewing at 10 a.m., Tues. Mar. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2600 Ramona Rd. Atascadero Burial 1:30 p.m. at Cambria Cemetery, 6005 Bridge St., Cambria.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Raymond Ralph Lochhead

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Kathie Stimmel Malloy

March 13, 2018

Dear Emilie, Caroline and the Lochhead family,
My love, thoughts and prayers are with you Emilie and with all your family during this time of loss of Raymond, loving husband, father and grandfather. I know that he will be greatly missed by you, his family, and by all that knew him.

Geraldine Judge

March 11, 2018

I will miss dear Ray & the wonderfully interesting stories he shared so vividly , detailed, factual & often very humorous. One of my absolute favorite memories was on one occasion he came to the house late in the evening & I asked him if he had dinner. He assured me Emilie had something ready whatever time he showed up at home. & how well she took care of him❤️. I admitted I would probably be annoyed with Colin if he stayed out late. Ray gave a big smile & said he had a special way of getting around Emilie when she was mad at him - he then sang out "Roamin in the glomin" in his best Scottish accent. He said he was still courting his wee lassie & knew how lucky he was to have her by his side. That is a love so rare and everlasting that it never dies. I pray Emilie & all of Ray's beloved family know that he is forever in their hearts & ours 🙏🏻

Ann Moloney

March 9, 2018

We are so sorry that Ray has passed, but confident He is happy in life eternal. I’ll never forget his tours of the vanilla factory and his diligence in getting all things done himself. He loved life enough to work really hard at it, teaching all who would listen along the way. He was full of wisdom and out of the box advice. I’ll never forget him!

Rose (Dalrymple) Johnson

March 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Have some great memories of your family when Josephine was little and the time she and my Sandi spent together.

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Biography

Raymond Ralph Lochhead said goodbye to Emilie, his beloved wife and partner of 72 years, on March 3, 2018.

Vanilla and family were two great passions of his large, fearless life. Born in St. Louis Apr. 28, 1923, Ray founded R. R. Lochhead Manufacturing Co. in Paso Robles in 1963, towing his family and a prized ‘53 Studebaker west on Rt. 66 to start his vanilla business.

Proud graduate of Cal Tech, chemist, engineer, salesman, entrepreneur, single-engine pilot and traveler, Ray was a polymath who shunned convention, relying on a deep Mormon faith. He flew his own planes, fixed his own cars and built his own house. He skied, fly fished, sailed, photographed, hiked, painted, played the piano and sang to Emilie and their five children.

Ray gripped life powerfully and gave all to his family, his life’s driving force. The loss of his son Angus was his greatest grief.

He is survived by his life’s love Emilie, his children Guy, Louise, Carolyn and Josephine, grandchildren Raymond, Emilie, Louise, Angus, Rudy, Susannah, Jeanne, Jesse, Margaret, George and Henry, nine great grandchildren, and his brother James. We love you Dad.