Ray Zastrow


Ray Zastrow
November 25, 1925 - July 29, 2010

Our beloved husband, father and Grampa left us to be with the Lord on July 29, 2010 after residing at the Booker Rest Home for 2 months.

Ray was born in Owatonna, Minnesota on November 25, 1925 to Otto C. and Ella Borgers Zastrow. During those difficult years, the family moved a number of times so schooling was in numerous cities in Minnesota. During WWII he served in the Army and was stationed in Adak, Alaska in the Aleutians. After his military service he settled in Walla Walla and worked at Littles Drugstore on West Main. He was hired by West Coast Drug as a pharmaceutical salesman with Eastern Washington as his region. Following in his father's footsteps and tiring of the travel, he purchased the business of Sherb Cummings and set up his own business of watch repair and jewelry and gift sales in Dayton.

Ray married Betty Shockley of Dayton on March 8, 1953 in Deer Park, WA and together they operated Zastrow Jewelry in Dayton for 35 years until his retirement in 1987.

In addition to the many years Ray served as an elder in his local church, he also volunteered at Washington State Penitentiary through their Chapel Prison Ministry for 19 years.

After retirement, Ray and Betty spent several months each winter as "snowbirds" in Death Valley and Arizona. Ray en- joyed working outdoors, gardening, taking long walks with his dog, wood working and Bible studies and visitation. Ray and Betty celebrated their 57th anniversary in March, 2010.

Survived by his wife Betty, three children, Elese Failla (Tony) in Roseville, CA, Deneann Gillette (John) of Waldport, OR and Trent Zastrow (Rita) of Elma, WA, two sisters, Donna Moran and Betty Holoubek (Bob) of Salem, OR, three grandchildren, Heather, Melanie and Sarah, 8 great grandchildren and numer- ous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, August 6 at 11:00 A.M. at the Community Bible Church, 203 S. 2nd Street, in Dayton. In memory of Ray, contributions may be made to Gideons International and the Christian Aid Center through Community Bible Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain-View Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362


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