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
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.