Ray Rogers | Obituary

Long time Federal

Way resident Ray Lafayette

Rogers passed on May 9,

2020 from natural causes at

the age of 98. Ray was born

on April 14, 1922 in Tacoma,

Washington. He graduated

from Federal Way High

School. He married his high

school sweetheart Dorothy

in 1943. During World War

II he was drafted into the US

Army. He was wounded in

action in Okinawa and awarded the Purple

Heart Medal. He returned to his machinist

job at Boeing for the next 35 years. He and

Dorothy raised their daughters Sharon

and Jan during their 50 years of marriage.

Dorothy passed on April 18, 2003.

Ray as a widower connected with

longtime family friend Estell Sleavin. He

moved to Tacoma to be near her, travel and

share dinners. They traveled to Europe,

Alaska and Arizona.

He was a lifetime fisherman here in

the Pacific Northwest with

fishing trips to Alaska, Red

Lake, Ontario, Canada and

Baja California. He taught

his daughters and his

nephew Paul to fish and they

enjoyed many trips together.

Paul became part of Ray’s

caregiving team in the later

years, taking Ray on weekly

shopping excursions and

lunching at local Tacoma

restaurants. Throughout

his life, Ray was always busy, either with a

garden, a boat, or household projects. His

workshop was his domain and he would

willingly fix just about any broken thing.

Ray is survived by his daughters Sharon

of Federal Way and Jan of Edmonds, his son

in law Cliff, two nephews, a great nephew,

a great niece and a great-great nephew. He

will be missed by his family and friends.

He was interred in Woodbine Cemetery,

Puyallup, Washington. Full obituary can

be found at www.yahnandson.com.


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