Raymond A. Shulstad

April 24, 1944November 21, 2018

Raymond A. Shulstad, age 74

After a long battle with MDS anemia Ray Shulstad passed away on November 21, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 52 years,Vicki, his three children Donna, Cathy and Ray along with five grandchildren, Lorin, Nick, Deven, Matthew and Dylan. Ray had a long distinguished career in the Air Force retiring in 1994 as a brigadier general. In his civilian career, Ray managed several engineering organizations retiring from the Mitre Corporation in 2006 and established his own consulting company, Shulstad Consulting He is the author of numerous articles and has published three books: Peace is my Profession, Golden Nuggets: a Practitioner’s Reflections on Leadership, Management and Life, and most recently his wife’s biography, The Quilt of Her Life. He and Vicki live at University Village, a retirement center in Tampa, where he served on the leadership team by chairing the Finance Committee .


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 7, 2018

Raymond A. Shulstad

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Arne Julien

December 5, 2018

Dear Vicki, with a warm smile inside, I recall my time with Ray and you when you visited here in Norway. The Donald sounds Ray made to successfully amuse my son Kasper at the Skulstad farm, the conversation during supper in the basement room at the farm (home of my uncle and where our roots met), the conversation at the cafe in Kongsvinger about Elvis and Bruce (also with my first cousin Bernt), likely telling you much more than you cared to know about my heroes in music, lol.
Back in 1987, we met in the US, and he gave me a copy of Peace is My Profession.
Rest in peace, Ray. Thanks for the memories, for your humour and kindness. It sometimes makes a huge difference to have relatives in America!
Warmest regards,

Frank Tedeschi

December 4, 2018

When I moved to Tampa six (6) years ago, I met Ray at a golf course. We both were planning to play alone that day but the starter put us in a two some. This round of golf started one of our families best friendships with Ray, Vicki, their families, and friends. This union was GOD sent and Ray you are in a wonderful place, thank GOD for us knowing each other the past six (6) years. See you later. Frank Tedeschi

Rich Byrne

December 3, 2018

Dear Vicky
It was with great sadness to hear about Ray’s passing. He was a true patriot focused on what was best for the country and for the people he led. We have many wonderful memories of Ray and benefited directly from his leadership and service as an officer of MITRE. We feel lucky to have worked with him as a colleague and friend.
Our deepest condolences,
Rich and Carol

Mary Pulvermacher

December 3, 2018

Dear Vicki-
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. I loved working for him, both while he was site leader here in Colorado Springs, and when he advanced to VP and you both moved to Bedford. I have many warm memories of times with Ray and with you. In fact, I just put up my Christmas tree and each year when I put the ornament you quilted and gave us on the tree, I think of you both. I also know from experience that you are strong, loving and have a wonderful sense of humor. I am sure these strengths will be very helpful in the days ahead.

With deepest sympathy,
Mary Pulvermacher

Rick Mael

December 2, 2018

General Shulstad (and he’ll always be “the General” to me...) was one of my oldest, dearest and closest friends. He was my friend, mentor, and so much more...he was the greatest, smartest, wittiest, most loving, caring, and generous man I have ever known. He touched my life in so many ways, made me a better person, and a better man... I love him like a brother, father, and friend...I will miss him more than words can ever express...
Your Friend
Rick Mael

Wanda Russell

November 29, 2018

Ray was always smart and very kind. Vickie and family and friends, I pray for peace that surpasses understanding as you grieve the loss of dear Ray. Be good to yourselves and allow the grieving to happen.
I will remember Ray and all his family and friends in my next Mass.

Love and peace,
Wanda Russell

David Turner

November 28, 2018

Nothing but good to say about this man. Dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and soldier. See you later, Ray, see you later.