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Updated: 11/29/2013 09:48:00PM

Raymond G. Watral

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Raymond G. Watral, who died on Nov. 25, 2013, lived a very full life. After serving as a P51 fighter pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II, Raymond earned a business degree (Seton Hall University), attended law school, and then finally received a degree in mechanical engineering (NJIT).

Ultimately, his chosen career for 26 years was an engineer at Automatic Switch Co. (ASCO), N.J., where he supervised the Valve Sales Department.

Born in New York City, Raymond grew up on Long Island and, after service in the Air Force, moved to New Jersey. He pursued his education, secured his engineering job, loved playing golf, and continued his passion for flying his own Cessna. Raymond met his wife Ann, at ASCO. They lived in Succasunna, N.J., for 31 years, where they raised four children. In 1991, Ray and Ann moved to Venice, Fla.

Married for 53 years, he is survived by his loving wife, Ann (Vanderhoff); his daughters: Ellen (Thomas), Patricia (Robert), and Kathryn (Timothy); his son, John (Sheila): 11 grandchildren: Catherine, Alexander, Patrick, Christopher H., Kelsey, Ryan, Christopher W., Leigh, Haley, Timothy and Lauren; and his brother, Robert.

A private celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at a future date. Interment will be at the Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Raymond’s family requests that memorial donations can be made to TideWell Hospice, which provided excellent care for him. Donations can be sent to the Philanthropy Department, TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.