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Obituaries: Raymond DeMotte Wineinger (1914-2008)

Raymond DeMotte Wineinger passed away Oct. 9, 2008, less that two months short of his 94th birthday.

He was born Dec. 2, 1914, in St. Louis to Ray Franklin Wineinger and Suzanne DeMotte, the only son and third of three children.

The Wineinger family moved west from Missouri in the 1920s via a Model T Ford. They relocated several times around Southern California, following home construction jobs. Ray worked with his dad building houses. His mother worked as a sales agent for these homes and the family frequently lived in quarters attached to the sales office.

As a boy Ray was active in scouting and during this time he developed a love of nature and the great outdoors that would last his entire life.

Ray graduated from Compton High School in 1932 and moved with the family to La Crescenta. Shortly thereafter this area was devastated by a flood and Ray began what would be his future career in the retail lumber and building materials industry by recovering lumber that had been washed away.

During the early WW II years Ray worked as a pattern maker at Hughes Aircraft and did extensive work on the "Spruce Goose" project. His handiwork can be seen on the wind tunnel scale model of this aircraft.

In 1942, Ray married Edythe May Chase. They settled in Westchester.

In 1943, Ray was drafted into the Navy was in Japan at the end of WW II, working as a pattern maker in a Navy shop.

Upon returning home from the war Ray built a home for his family in Montrose. He worked in the retail lumber industry in Southern California for over 30 years. For many years he was the vice president and general manager of a large lumber company in Los Angeles.

Ray was active in Scouting. He and his family enjoyed camping vacations and during one of these he found what he considered his ideal retirement area, Smith River. He purchased land on which he would later build his last home. Upon retirement, he and Edythe moved to the area.

Ray was a passionate fisherman and for many years enjoyed salmon fishing and crabbing in the local waters.

After Edythe died, a new chapter of Ray's life started when he married to Nan nearly 21 years ago. He fished well into his 80s and shared Nan's artistic interests, painting together. They loved to travel in their motor home, camping, fishing and singing barbershop in Crescent City.

They spent summers house-sitting in Hawaii, where they became "locals" enjoying the culture of the islands. At the age of 75, Ray built Nan an art studio behind their home. He enjoyed going to art shows, and taking Nan to the concerts in Pistol River. Ray loved playing the guitar.

Ray is survived by his wife Nan Ottersbach-Wineinger of Smith River; son Ray Wineinger and wife Cheryl of of Athol, Idaho; daughter Kathleen Ashby and husband Harold of Sunland; and son Kristian Ottersbach and companion Lisa McGath of Smith River; grandchildren Michelle, Christopher, Raymond, Michael, Kristian II, and Justin; great-grandchildren Alan, Colleen, Noelani, Keoni and Maile; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Edythe, stepsons Eugene Walters and Lawrence Walters, sisters Irene and Gladys; son Mark Ottersbach, granddaughter Valerie Broyles and niece Loraine.

Graveside services will be held at the Smith River District Cemetery on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

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