October 23, 1926 ~ May 11, 2009
Manhattan Beach, CA
Kachelmeyer, Raymond Paul, a 50 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009 at home. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Raymond was 82. Raymond served in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. After discharge Raymond attended UCLA where he received a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. Raymond was then recruited by Hughes Aerospace where he worked until retiring with the rank of Section Chief. Raymond boasted that after retirement he read the entire encyclopedia Britannica to fight off boredom. As such he made a formidable debate opponent taking either side. Although priding himself on his intellectual ability, Ray's identity was that of the working man. He never wore a suit after retirement. Instead he wore a flannel shirt, blue jeans, and work boots making himself handy around the house doing plumbing, electrical, and masonry. One time while working in his front yard someone stopped to ask if he was available for hire. Ray even volunteered his services as foreman to help his son-in-law Kaz catch up on the workload in the Bielinski household. Raymond was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church. A devout Catholic Ray convinced Kaz to convert to the faith so that Kaz & Judy could marry in the church.
He is survived by Daughter, Judy Bielinski and son-in-law Kazimierz of Huntington Beach, CA, and Son, Carl Kachelmeyer of Manhattan Beach, CA. He has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by Mother, Bertha Kachelmeyer (Metz) and Father, Lawrence Kachelmeyer.
The Funeral Mass will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. A reception will be held afterwards at American Martyrs Church: Parish House, Manhattan Beach from 12:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.