Ray Leo Wondercheck

November 18, 1938 to October 17, 2017

Ray Wondercheck entered this life on November 18th, 1938, in Cottonwood, NE, as the youngest of 14 siblings.  He went to live in Heaven on October 17th, 2017, in La Mesa, CA, at the age of 78, after a brief battle with leukemia.  He will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Beverly, his daughters Brenda (Buddy) Smith, Becci (Dan) Sommer, and Lisa (Aaron Lawson) Wondercheck, and grandchildren Arin, Regan, Chris, Megan, Chris, Kyle, Maggie, Ethan, Dustin, Caitlin, CaiCai, six great grandchildren, as well as friends and family.

Ray was proceeded in death by his parents, Art Sr. and Rose, six brothers, four sisters, and is survived by his sisters Doris Bise, Nadine Sindelar, and his brother, Joe (Hanne) Wondercheck, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Upon graduating from high school in Belgrade, NE, in 1956, Ray joined the Navy.  After two years of active service, he graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1968. Go Big Red! He worked for the US Department of Agriculture as a District Soil Conservationist in Nebraska, Arizona, and Washington for 26 years, then at the Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, WA, for nine years. He also worked at Evergreen Financial in Yakima, WA, for several years before retiring in 2008.

After retirement he traveled cross-country with Bev in their camper.  Their adventures included visiting family and friends in Nebraska, California, Alabama, Montana, Georgia, and Oregon.  Ray also volunteered at Peace Lutheran Church in Selah, WA, where he and Bev attended for 34 years.  Ray’s biggest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren.

Ray’s body has been donated to Science Care. His ashes will be laid to rest with Military Honors at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, NE. Services in Selah, WA and Bellevue, NE are pending.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to your local hospice organization.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ray was a wonderful man who reflected God’s love to all her came in contact with. We treasure our memories of your family.

Chris and Roger Smith on October 25, 2017

Dear Bev and family, We were so, so sad to hear of Ray's passing. He was one of the people I looked to as a true example of someone who lived his faith. He was a gentle, kind, fair, faithful and loving man. He will be truly missed. May you and your family find peace as you live your life without him until you join him with the Lord in heaven.

Cathy & Fred Wickholm on October 22, 2017

The Wondercheck Family, My deepest sympathies for the loss of Ray. Praying for healing and God blessing during this difficult time.

Kari Benninghoff Colter on October 21, 2017

Bev and family, Mark and I were so sad to hear of Ray's passing. Know that we are sending our thoughts and love your way. We are rejoicing knowing that he is safe in his heavenly Father's arms! Praying for peace and comfort for you all. Love The Sherveys

Teresa Shervey on October 21, 2017

Love and prayers to the Wondercheck family. Ray is with Rex and Wilma. He is telling Rex, no you can't cut down trees in a state park. 😙

Pam Maercklein on October 20, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bev and your family. We're so sorry for your loss. All our love.

Steve and Judy Sinclair on October 20, 2017

Very sorry for your loss, but today Ray is celebrating with his Lord and Savior!

Rob on October 20, 2017

Ray was a good friend. We will see him again in Heaven.

John & Deanna Schmidy on October 20, 2017