Major Ray Schork # 1406 passed away at home in Tumwater, 7:10pm Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at the age of 92.
Major Schork passed away June 22 at 7:10pm at home with his wife Carol and daughter Susan Kosunen at his side.
Major Schork was born in New York City Borough of Manhattan, February 23, 1922 to Mary A. Govern and Gustav J. Schork. Raymond was the youngest of eight children, all of whom are now deceased. He graduated from high school in 1941 and attended military summer camp. At the onset of WWII he went into the army and trained as a radar repairman. Part of his job was to help guard Boeing Field in Seattle WA. Later he was assigned to Army Air Force training at Payne field and flight training at the Washington State College at Pullman, WA. When the air fight was over in Europe he was with General George Patton in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.
Upon honorable discharge from the military, Ray worked for Seattle city transit until he was hired as a Seattle police officer. Major Schork retired from the department after 30 years and went to work for the Washington State criminal Justice training commission as the police training officer for the entire state. He remained there for five years when he received a phone call to come back up to Seattle to apply for the position of Executive Secretary of the Seattle police pension office which he held for the next ten years and retired in 1990.
Ray and his wife Carol have been together for 35 years and have a combined family of 10 adult children and their spouses and children are as follows: Lawrence (Barbara) Schork, Barbara (Ron) Rebuffo, Michael (Carla) Schork and Susan (Seppo) Kosunen. Suzanne (Don) Hartman, Kathleen (Tim) Kjorlaug, William (Stacey) Day, Vickie (Chet) Appel, Christie (Paul) Coleman, Tracy (Tim) McClain. Twenty grandchildren: Patrick (Mimi) Schork, Scott (Niki) Schork, Steven (Andrea) Schork, Keily Schork, Rachel Hartman, Nathanael (Bree) Hartman, Sarah Hartman, Hannah Hartman, Andrew Hartman, US Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Morgan, Danielle Day, Charity Day, Philip Coleman, Ryan McClain, Jessica McClain, Maxwell McClain and Abigail McClain Five great grandchildren: Stella Schork, Flora Schork, Thomas Schork, Matthew Schork and Remi Schork.
Ray and his wife enjoyed fishing in their 22 foot Bayliner in local Puget Sound Waters. He earned his title Master Fisherman with all of his large Salmon and Halibut that he caught while they were fishing in Canadian waters as well as Alaskan waters with Oak Bay Marine Co. Ray and Carol began travelling abroad in the 1980's and visited the British Isles, Europe, Mediterranean countries and Hawaii through 1990's.
Ray loved to read and plant flowers but his favorite pastime was getting together with friends and family where he would always be the grand story teller. He will be remembered for his encompassing love of us all.