Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Raymond Edward Smiley

May 2, 1938August 15, 2019

Raymond Edward (“Ray”) Smiley died at home on August 15, 2019. He was born May 2, 1938 in Youngstown, OH.

In his youth, he lived in Youngstown and Boardman, OH. He graduated in 1956 from Boardman School, which was all 12 grades at the time.

In 1960 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) where he was a member of Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society. In 1965 he received a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Industrial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1969 he received a Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University.

Raymond was a licensed patent attorney and was admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Washington DC, and before the US Supreme Court.

His employers included Univac in Blue Bell, PA as a computer engineer, Honeywell in Ft. Washington, PA as a quality control engineer, and as patent council at RCA and General Electric (which purchased RCA) in West Windsor, NJ and at General Signal in Stamford, CT. He retired from General Electric in 1991, then from General Signal in 1998. Upon that retirement, he moved to Williamsburg, VA.

Raymond and his wife met on a cruise ship and enjoyed travel, especially on cruises. They had traveled almost everywhere in the world that can be accessed by ocean-going cruise ship. They received medals for 500 Holland America cruise days.

Raymond, an only child, was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Esther [Kopp] Smiley. His surviving family is his loving and beloved wife of 46 years, Sara [Schenker] (“Sarajane”) Smiley; their children David with wife Karen [Maday] Smiley and their children Lauren and Andrew; and Douglas with wife Amy [Butterworth] Smiley and their children Daisy and Miles.

Visitation will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 20 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, where services will begin at 12:00PM. A reception will follow. His ashes will be interred in Mt. Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT. Nelsen Funeral Home, 757-565-1141, has been entrusted with arrangements.



  • Visitation Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019


  • Reception Following Service


Raymond Edward Smiley

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Robert Troike

August 19, 2019

We are praying for Sara and the family. I am happy I was able to see him a few weeks ago and thankful for their hospitality on my visits. I will miss him greatly. We did a lot of things together when we were at RCA. I flew with him to Akron once to visit my folks. He helped me in my building projects and I tried to help him some on his projects. We went to lunch together many times if not almost all the time. I regret we never got to go on a cruise together. I regret I cannot make the trip to be there tomorrow. He was always a good friend and I looked forward to seeing him and remembering the past. Again I am praying for Sara and the family.
Bob and Bette Troike