On Monday, March 25, 2019 Raymond Mauri Rauanheimo (“Ray”), loving husband, father, and
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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
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