10-4-42 to 1-24-20
Ray was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to George and Erna Posner, the youngest of their six
children. He graduated from Carnegie High School in 1960 and the University Of Dayton in
1964 where he met Betty Barnum. They married right after his graduation. He worked briefly
for the Ohio Department of Highways but then pursued graduate studies in geology at Western
Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time children, Charles and Suzanne were
In 1969 the family moved to Bishop, CA where he was a geologist at Union Carbide’s
Pine Creek Tungsten Mine. Sons Eric and Brian were born in Bishop.
Ray loved the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He took his family on many camping and
backpacking trips. He was especially proud of having led Boy Scout Troop 86 which included
his sons on several 50 mile backpacking trips.
In 1986 the family moved to Bend where Ray was a successful realtor until his
retirement in 2008.
He, Betty and daughter, Sue, still enjoyed camping, especially in the high lakes area
He was a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Ray, beloved husband, father and grandfather, is survived by his wife, Betty; son,
Charles, daughter-in-law, Diane and grandsons, Luke and Owen of Long Beach, CA; daughter,
Sue, and sons, Eric and Brian of Bend; sister, Claire Siedlecki (Gene) of Carnegie, PA; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Partners in Care Hospice, Bend, OR.