In Memoriam: Raymond John Sittauer, Purple Heart winner, Edmonds business owner

Raymond Sittauer
Raymond Sittauer

Sittauer, Raymond youngRaymond John Sittauer, age 88 of Edmonds, passed away peacefully at his home on July 14, 2014. He was born in Sykeston, N.D. on Aug. 14, 1925 to Harry and Freda (Wild) Sittauer.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and proudly served his country for 3 years earning his Purple Heart he has on display.

On June 20, 1950 he married his loving wife, Dorothy (Lessner). They made the decision to move to more opportunity so came to Edmonds in 1947. Ray soon became a business man – fist opening Ray’s Hobby Shop, Ray’s Slot Track, then Ray’s Upholstery for over 25 years. He was Chairman on the Edmonds Planning Commission in 1979.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy; having been a wonderful father, he is also survived by his 6 children: Larry, Steven (Teri), John (Dawn), Paul (Jennifer), David (Greta) and Jean (Fred Gouge); his grandchildren: Ryan, Aaron, Annie, Rosie, Justin, Evan, Samantha, Olivia, Drew, and Jack Sittauer, and Eric and Brian Gouge; step grandchildren: Britt (Brian) Hutchinson, Hollie, Jenna, and Sonja Ekornas; great grandchild, Isaiah Sittauer; and step great grandchildren, Violet Hutchinson and Brayden Blosser. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Carrie Sittauer.

His only brother Harry “Bud” Sittauer died a year before on the same day – July 14, 2013.

Ray was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for 57 years – a dedicated usher until recently.

A Rosary will be said at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014; both at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 630 – 7th Ave. N., in Edmonds. A Private Committal Service will be held at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline, WA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Holy Rosary Parish School Endowment, P.O. Box 206, Edmonds, WA 98020; or Child Strive (Little Red School House), 14 E Casino Road, Everett, WA 98208. Please share memories with the family at

3 Replies to “In Memoriam: Raymond John Sittauer, Purple Heart winner, Edmonds business owner”

  1. Our sincere condolences to Dorothy and all of this fine family. Ray was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by many. Shirley and I very much regret having to miss the services for Ray, as we are in eastern Canada.


  2. Ray was a life member of VFW Post 8870. We are losing our WWII veterans too quickly. These are the men and women we younger vets hold in the highest esteem. Our condolences to Ray’s family. Our Post willy drape our Charter in his memory.


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