April 23, 1926 - March 5, 2011
Ray H. Beringer, 84, passed away March 5, 2011, at his home in Walla Walla. Ray was born April 23, 1926, in Pomeroy, to Raymond and Belle Beringer. He graduated from Ritzville High School in 1943. After graduating, he received his pilot's license from Felts Field in Spokane. He was a flight instructor as well. He enlisted with the Marines in 1945, serving in WWII. After his military discharge, he married Pauline Good. Together they had a son, Dennis Beringer.
Ray then began his life long career with Chevron Company. His job required him and his family to move many times, before being promoted to a managerial position in Anaheim, Calif.. With his job, Ray traveled to the Southwestern states before his retirement.
After the death of their previous spouses, Ray and his childhood friend Joann Martin reunited, and they were joined in marriage on December 13, 1997. After marrying, they enjoyed many trips together; Alaska, Nova Scotia, and the Grand Canyon to name a few. Ray enjoyed photography, taking pictures on their trips, and was known as the "family photographer". He was always available with a listening ear to offer respected advice to his family.
He is survived by his wife at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Suzanne Beringer; three stepchildren, Renetta Farley of Dayton, Doug Martin of Ayers, and Mary and Jim Atteberry of Dayton; seven step-grandchildren, Randy Farley, Melissa Hansen, Melanie Gagnon, Jamie DeChambeau, Stacie Martin, Clint Atteberry, and Katie Frei; and ten step great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins he shared a close relationship with.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. At Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Richardson Browne Funeral Home in Pomeroy. Memorial contributions can be made to Walla Walla Hospice, St Mary's /Providence Cancer Center, or a charity of the donor's choice.