August 24, 1930 ~ February 16, 2010
Ray, Dad, Friend and Patriot passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of February 16th 2010 at age 79. Easy going and an enjoyable presence, Ray will be greatly missed. Ray is survived by his loving wife Myrtle of 59 years, son Don, daughter Mary Quackenbush, daughter Cathy Gonzales and her husband Frank and their families including 5 grand children and 8 great grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his son Ron in 1997. Born in New York City, Ray moved to the Los Angeles area at an early age where he lived most of his life. Ray graduated from Leuzinger High School and then joined the Air Force in 1948 and was a Staff Sergeant at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Later Ray worked at the military supply depot in Topeka Kansas for 4 years. Ray then relocated back to California with his young family, living in Carson for 18 years while working for North American Aviation as a Fire Fighter and Security Sergeant for Rockwell International. Ray and Myrtle moved to the Southwood neighborhood in Torrance where they lived for 33 years. Ray enjoyed his retirement in the garden, collecting collectables, taking trips with Myrtle and enjoying his many friendships in Torrance as well as with his Half Century Club members in La Mirada. The McDermott family would like to thank the many nurses, therapists, doctors and friends that cared for Ray during his difficult battle with cancer. A family memorial will be held at a later date.
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