OBITUARY

Raymond Hartwell Anderson Jr.

February 25, 1932January 6, 2018

Raymond Hartwell Anderson, Jr., “Sonny” of Tustin, California and formerly of Staunton, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his home on January 6, 2018, with his family by his side. He was 85 years old. He was born in Staunton on February 25, 1932, son of the late Raymond Hartwell, Sr. and Virginia (Moseley) Anderson. Raymond grew up in Staunton, and had many fond memories of this special little town. He attended Virginia Tech University, where he obtained both a BS and an MS in Metallurgical Engineering, and also taught Metallurgical Engineering at Tech as an Assistant Professor. Raymond belonged to a variety of organizations and clubs such as, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Sigma Mu, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Virginia Tech German Club, and the ROTC of Virginia Tech to name a few. He was also a member of the Augusta Military Academy and was with the Army Ordinance from 1954-1956. He served the United States honorably, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. As one of the top ROTC candidates at Virginia Tech, he became a member of the Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society, which is dedicated to redefining the standard of excellence for ROTC. Raymond moved to California from Virginia and worked with McDonnell Douglas, where he dedicated most of his career as the Section Chief and Specialist in Materials and Process Engineering. He also worked as a Specialist in Failure Analysis in Fort Worth, Texas, and in the Atomic Energy Division in Lynchburg, Virginia. Raymond developed several patents while employed at McDonnell Douglas and even helped develop a part on the Space Shuttle! After retiring, Ray enjoyed consulting with Boeing Aerospace, and teaching as an Associate Professor of Materials and Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Raymond was a lover and teacher of tennis! He enjoyed golf, football, gardening and keeping fit. As an alumnus of Virginia Tech, he was their #1 fan and enjoyed reciting the “Old Hokie” Cheer. He loved all animals and will forever remember his dogs, “Max” and “Cooper.” He also loved Jazz and collected Big Band music. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters and their spouses, Kathryn Hartwell Warner and William of Huntington Beach, California, Margaret Bratton Brutocao and Roberto of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Susan Elizabeth Barnett and John of Newport Beach California; grandchildren, Bryan, Kyle, and Carey Warner, Morgan, Chasen, and Gianna Brutocao, and Hunter and Blake Barnett; great-grandchild, Axel Warner; brother, Walter and Brenda Anderson of Afton, Virginia; Randolph Anderson of New York; and the mother of his children, Dana Bratton Wilson Anderson formerly of Staunton. A private service with military honors will be conducted at Thornrose Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

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January 18, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

January 18, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

Bob Hartunian

January 15, 2018

First met Ray in 1968 when he worked on MOL program at Douglas and saw him at annual Christmas lunches since we retired. He was always a cheerful man and very competent at work. Called me Big Bob whenever we met and we had many laughs together, mostly about people we worked for.
I'm sadder knowing he is gone now.

January 15, 2018

Ray was in Headquarters Company with me at Augusta Military Academy in 1949. I remember him as an outstanding Cadet and a friend to and with everyone.
Frank Spencer.

Steven Adam

January 15, 2018

I worked with Ray for many years on the Space Station program in the 90's. He also got me involved teaching extension classes at UCI - Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics. He was an extraordinary guy, full of energy. He will be missed greatly, he had a positive impact on everyone he knew.

Susan Anderson Barnett

January 14, 2018

Marlene Tucker

January 14, 2018

Dear Kathryn,
Although I have never had the privilege of meeting your father, it sounds like he was a very successful man. What a beautifully written obituary. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, and Susan, and all of your boys (his grandchildren). Be safe as you, your sisters, and family take your father home to Virginia. I know this can't be easy.

Hug all of your loved ones still in your life today.

I love you, my dear friend Kathryn.
Marlene , Your NW Friend

Coralyn Hill

January 14, 2018

I met Sonny in High School, as all three of his daughters are very good friends of mine, and first class people. He stole my heart after one family dinner that I attended with Kathryn in High School. I am also an engineer at Boeing, etc, so we had a lot in common. Every single person in this man's bloodline is extrordinary and top notch. Says a lot for a man. And he has great taste in woman, as Dana is one of my favorite people on earth! He went out the way everyone dreams, with your loving family next to you, peacefully. Love you Sonny!

January 14, 2018

I Love You Dad❤
Kathryn

Margaret Brutocao

January 14, 2018

We love you dad ❤ Forever in our hearts ....