Raymond Stuhr Gottschalk
October 11, 1919 – May 2, 2019
Raymond Stuhr Gottschalk,99, was born in a hospital near downtown Tempe, Arizona on October 11, 1919, and passed peacefully at his home in Tempe on May 2, 1919. In his 99 years and 7 months he observed amazing changes in the world and especially in Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Emma and his brother Sydney, his wife Doris and step-daughter Dawn Savage. He is survived by three children, Susan Ashe, Stephen Raymond and Sallie (John) Deuel. He is survived by 5 grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Elliott, Casey (Diane) Funk, Kevin Funk, Erik (Mathilde) Andrejko and Bryan Raymond (Maria) Andrejko .Also 7 great- grandchildren, Colby Elliott, Ethan, Abigail, Bailey Funk, and Eve, Henrik, Wyatt Raymond Andrejko. The later years of his life, he spent with his special friend Mary Jane Mann.
Raymond went to Madison Elementary School #1 riding his horse, Ginger, to school barefoot. He and his brother grew up on a farm where they raised food, animals and cotton. They sold two watermelon for 10 cents! Dad had to gather the fruit and hated when they exploded on him! They cooled off by playing in the canals and slept in wet sheets outside at night to combat the heat of Arizona. The house was cooled by blowing a fan through wet sheets, with Mack alleging he ‘invented’ the first air conditioning in Arizona. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1939 and attended many reunions throughout the years. He walked to school and rode the trolley home; until his Dad bought him a car, starting his life long love of cars. He first saw a Cadillac at age 11 and owned many models throughout his lifetime; buying a brand new one at age 97! He also had a ‘66 Mustang and enjoyed time in the Mustang Club, driving in parades.
He attended Phoenix College before joining the Navy as a Coxswain serving on the USS Pasadena in World War II. Returning home to Phoenix, he and his Dad started one of the first gas stations in Phoenix after the War, when gas was 17 cents a gallon.
Eventually, he and his family moved to Mesa where he owned and managed a mobile home resort. He was President of the Arizona Mobile Home Dealers Association in the mid-60’s. Dad exercised three times a week for 30 years and participated in the Senior Olympics, winning several metals. He was athletic, running track in high school and enjoying golf, especially with his grandsons, and son-in-law, John.Ethan even got to ride in the golf cart. He also really believed in vitamin supplements! Opening a cabinet in his kitchen, it looked like he owned a pharmacy. His good health habits enabled him to live an active life up to the last year of his life.
Raymond and Doris enjoyed travelling and went to China, Italy, France, Alaska and on many cruises with friends.
He and Mary Jane enjoyed a special companionship, going out to eat and to movies. They frequently called each other to remind that their favorite TV shows were on, especially Dancing with the Stars and Blue Bloods. He was a smart man, teaching himself new skills. After retirement, he dealt in commodities.
Raymond’s interests other than cars, was music. He played the piano and loved to dance. He was quiet, easy going, charming and a gentleman always. However, as we recently learned, he could be very stubborn and did it his way! He had an excellent memory (those supplements?) and told stories of growing up in rural Arizona, amazing his ‘baby boomer’ kids
- Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Raymond Stuhr Gottschalk
May 15, 2019
Although I had never met Raymond S. Gottschalk, I want to express my condolences to each family member. I am sure this seems a bit odd but I have come across him and his children through our family tree which I current tend to and I feel that I should reach out to all of you at this time.
May 14, 2019
I was fortunate to have Ray and Doris as next-door neighbors for several years. They warmly welcomed me my first day in my home, and continued to be kind friends for the eight years I lived there.
I admired their active and social lifestyle, and that they enjoyed so many interests.
Ray's dedication to his health and fitness was obvious, and very impressive!
I feel very fortunate to have known him.
My deepest sympathy to his family.