Ray Gwaltney; age 70, of Edgewood, WA. passed away May 3, 2020, 11AM at Tacoma General Hospital. He'd lived with Type I diabetes since he was in grade school; He battled many health issues in recent years, related to diabetes.
Born in Myrtle Point, Oregon, January 24th. 1950. Mother's maiden name; Mary Ann Justus.
Attended school in Auburn, WA, and graduated from Sumner High School 1968, Sumner, WA. He took some college courses after high school. Married Pamela Burnett of Edgewood, WA. summer of 1969; Daughter Jennifer born winter of 1970.
Ray and his family moved to Anchorage, AK. in 1971 where he worked for the City of Anchorage water and wastewater utility until he retired. Most of the work was outdoors which he really enjoyed. His other favorite activities were fishing and doing projects around the house.
After retirement Ray and Pam travelled to several states in their 1964 GMC converted R.V. bus. They made several long time friends along the way and enjoyed many beautiful sights. In recent years they found a charming 55 plus park in the Palm Springs, CA. area, to spend their winters. They made more lasting friendships, and Ray was always willing to help a neighbor with a do-it yourself project.
Ray leaves his wife of 50 years; Pamela. Daughter, Jennifer of Anchorage, AK. Grand-daughter, Jenna also of Anchorage, and great grand-daughter Ava, of Anchorage also. Grandson Jeffrey of Oregon. He also leaves his mother, Mary of Enumclaw, WA. His brother Monty passed several years ago, from brain cancer. Ray also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation is by Hill Funeral Home.
No service is planned but the family plans a memorial for later in 2020.
Special thanks to Good Sam Hospital in Puyallup, WA. Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. and Hill Funeral Home.
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