Raymond Samuel Caruso

Raymond Samuel Caruso, age 70, died on Sept. 11, 2012. He fought bravely with a chronic illness for over 20 years and finally succumbed to a heart attack after a brief hospitalization.

His memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Ridgecrest on Sept. 22, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Spokane.

Ray was born on Dec. 27, 1941, in Spokane, Wash., to Phil and Margaret Caruso. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 1965 with a degree in electronic engineering.

After graduating, Ray joined the Army, and during the Vietnam war, he managed a radar site in Thailand. Ray then began working for the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, in 1967.

During his career, he cherished the exciting and challenging work done with his esteemed colleagues. He concurrently taught for many years at Cerro Coso Community College. Upon retiring from NWC in January 1993, he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sally Caruso of Ridgecrest, daughter Jennifer Caruso of Glendora, daughter and son-in-law Julie and Mike Dye of San Diego and son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Andrea Caruso, of Lake Balboa.

Also surviving him are grandchildren Sophia and Emma Caruso of Lake Balboa, Madison and Wyatt Dye of San Diego, sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Jim Stephens of Spokane and brother and sister-in-law Bill and Mary Caruso, of Spokane. More survivors are in-laws Patricia and John Luce of Spokane, Mark and Jamie Luce of Mukilteo, Wash., and Peggy and Mike Gudgell of Seattle, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Phil and Margaret Caruso, his brother Lowell Caruso, and in-laws Don and Betty Luce.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation’s Tree of Life.

He loved us every day of his life; we will miss him every day of ours.

Submitted by the family of Raymond Caruso

Story First Published: 2012-09-19