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216 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
Phone: (215) 675-2070
Fax: (215) 675-4320
Raymond Rauanheimo

Raymond M. Rauanheimo

Saturday, November 13th, 1937 - Monday, March 25th, 2019
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On Monday, March 25, 2019 Raymond Mauri Rauanheimo (“Ray”), loving husband, father, and
grandfather, passed away at the age of 81. He lived a full and inspiring life, loved well and was loved
much in return, and devoted himself to a variety of service projects that were close to his heart.
Ray was born on November 13, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY. He spent his youth growing up in Point Pleasant
Beach, NJ where he graduated high school (‘55) and joined the New Jersey National Guard at the age of
17. His professional career was as a Customer Service Engineer for IBM (retired in 1991) and he could fix
anything. He also served as an Instructor for IBM and enjoyed helping teach and learning new things.
Simultaneously, his other career was in the New Jersey National Guard (Major, ret.) in which he served
officially for 43 years and remained extremely involved with thereafter.
Ray’s true passion was serving others, improving things, and bringing people together. He served in so
many roles on so many projects, from the Warminster Library Board to the AARP Drivers’ Safety Program
to the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. He was committed to providing Military Honors at
funerals to honor those who have served through both the New Jersey Honor Guard Program USAR
Honor Guard Program. His most recent efforts were focused on taking better care of our Veteran
Gravesites everywhere through the Guardians of the National Veterans Cemetery and by founding the
Veterans Internment Records Project. Every project he took on, and every person he helped, he made a
labor of love.
Ray was a lot of fun as well. He enjoyed learning about a wide variety of things. He was a member of
MENSA, qualifying in 1958. He was a proud American citizen and a Finnish citizen with royal lineage. He
enjoyed diving into genealogy and spent hours investigating complex family trees. Although he lived in
Pennsylvania, he kept a strong connection to his friends around the Manasquan Inlet and the fishing
docks. He traveled to Florida, Finland, California, Australia, Vermont, Canada, and anywhere there was a
good road trip to be had. Last summer you could find him exploring Malta, an island in the
Mediterranean, by foot, bus, van, boat, and jet ski.
Ray was preceded in death by his father Kaleva, his mother Florence, and his brother Robert. He is
survived by many who will miss him dearly, including his wife Kathy, his daughter Debbi (Casey) and her
husband Steve (McMillan), his grandchildren Mikayla Joan, Michael Raymond, Matthew Thomas, and
Liam Jonathan. He was also loved by and survived by his step-daughter Donna Marron, her husband Joe
Jenkins and his granddaughters Ashley and Cara. Ray was the oldest of seven siblings and will be prayed
for and remembered with love always by his sister Leslie (and husband John Hooker) and brothers
Ronnie, Russell (and wife Yvonne), Mike Wallace (and wife Sharon), and Guy Wallace (and husband Doug
Rice).
Funeral services will be ...
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Decker Funeral Home
    Address
    216 York Road
    WARMINSTER, PA 18974
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Decker Funeral Home
    Address
    216 York Road
    WARMINSTER, PA 18974
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  • Interment

    Location
    Whitemarsh Memorial Park
    Address
    1169 Limekiln Pk.
    HORSHAM, PA
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Mark Glickman

Posted at 10:58pm
I knew Ray and Kathy and Debbie for only a few years while working for IBM and admired Ray's constant striving to address a situation and following through to completion and going above that. He tackled and enjoyed the toughest problems and took over quarter century, scrabble, luncheons, military museum, real estate and so many other positions too many to note but he did them all and I have been blessed to have known him as he was very sincere and will miss him dearly. Condolences to Kathy and Debbie and all his family and people he touched with his smile and true willingness to share his warmth...May he rest in peace and spread his time on earth with others to share in his journey on to a peaceful place.
JT

JD Toth

Posted at 08:31am
Met Ray when IBM merged the office and small computer systems divisions together. Ray always was a busy worker, good to his co-workers and customers alike. I enjoyed his company at many IBM quarter century lunches that he hosted. He will be missed.
JP

Jack Pavie

Posted at 09:43am
I was a member of the New Jersey National Guard and worked for IBM as a repairman as did Ray. Funny that our paths never crossed until later. Ray was an Honor Guard and he presented my dad's casket American flag to me at the funeral. Pretty much since then, Ray and I attended remembrance ceremonies together at Washington's Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA, every month. Ray was a terrific guy. Jack Pavie, Sumneytown, PA
RD

Robert S Dutko

Posted at 12:18pm
We were sad to learn of Ray's passing. He was a true friend and served his state and nation with distinction always willing to accept responsibility. His undivided attention to detail as the Secretatry of the Museum contributed significantly to the success of the organization. We shall always cherish the friendship we enjoyed. RIP my Friend. Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Robert S. Dutko, Sr., USAF Retired.
PM

Patricia A Michener

Posted at 07:56am
I was saddened to read of Ray's passing. I knew him from the IBM Lawrenceville days; he was always kind and willing to help. My condolences to his family.

Pat Michener
Salt Spring, FL
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