Ray E. Sterling

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Ray E. Sterling
Born in Miami County, Indiana on Dec. 6, 1921
Died May 23, 2004 and resided in Canyon Lake, TX.

Visitation: Wednesday May 26, 2004 Service: Wednesday May 26, 2004 Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary North Cemetery: Fort Sam Houstion National Cemetery Funeral Home and Cemetery both in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX.

Ray E. Sterling, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, born December 6, 1921, passed into eternity on May 23, 2004 at the age of 82.

He was born December 6, 1921, to Marvin and Mary Sterling in Miami County, Indiana.

He began his exemplary thirty-one year military career by serving in the South Pacific during WWII. After completing navigation training at Selman Field, LA, in 1945, and pilot training in 1948 he served as a navigator with SAC for thirteen years. During the four years that he was assigned to Personnel at the Pentagon, he also navigated with the SAMS group and had the honor of serving as an aide to President John F. Kennedy during his inauguration.

Colonel Sterling had two accompanied overseas assignments: He was in Erlangen, Germany, 1945-1947, and was Chief of Personnel at Wiesbaden Air Base 1964-67. Since his retirement from the Air Force, he has been actively involved in civic and community affairs and is a life member of the San Antonio Retired Officer’s Association and VFW 8800.

He will be lovingly remembered by his surviving family: wife of sixty-three years, Rosalyn Beeson Sterling; two daughters, Rayla-Jeanne Klepetko and husband Ronald and Rebecca Gourley Cunningham and husband Larry; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Kathleen Gourley Spencer, Teresa Gourley Martindale, and Ronda Klepetko Silliman; three grandsons Randall, Richard and Ryan Klepetko; and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane Haller of Ft. Wayne, IN; and brothers, Robert Sterling of Indianapolis, In and J. Paul Sterling of San Bernardino, CA also survive him.

Submitted by Joe Ocho

Note from Editor: Ray E. Sterling appears to be a direct descendant of William Sterling of Haverhill, Mass according to data on Rootweb.Com

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