Raymond J. Nathe, 88, of Marblehead, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Browning Masonic Assisted Living Center, Waterville, Ohio.
He was born June 12, 1919, on a farm in Sargent County, N.D., the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Schoenborn) Nathe. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps-8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, navigator (B-24's 30 missions) to targets in Romania, Germany, DFC.
He married Ruth Brorstrom, June 19, 1946. They lived in Pleasantville, N.Y. for 37 years before retiring to Marblehead.
Ray was a retired medical instrument designer, a clever designer who did beautiful, precise work. He was also a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his four children and 10 grandchildren: son, Paul (wife, Regina, grandsons, Matthew and Jefferson); son, Eric (wife, Margaret, grandson, Mark, granddaughters, Katherine and Anne); daughter, Janet Potts (husband, Dr. Donald Potts, grandsons, Daniel and Michael); and son, Carl (wife, Ellen, grandsons, Kyle, Andrew, granddaughter, Emily).
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Irene Luellwitz; and brother, William A. Nathe.
There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead; the Rev. Daniel J. Ring officiating. Burial will be at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y. at a later date. Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.