Raymond N. Sasaki, 80, of Clifton, Virginia, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed on to his next life on February 26, 2020 after a brief hospitalization.
Ray was born in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After high school, he planned to become a mechanic, but a family friend convinced him to apply to college and then to join the Army. He served for 26 years, including two tours in Vietnam, one tour in Germany, and one tour in Korea. He earned a number of awards and medals including the Legion of Merit, multiple Bronze Stars for valor, and a Silver Star for valor in combat, before retiring as a Colonel.
During a life well lived, Ray was a golfer, an outdoorsman, a financial advisor, a survivor of two helicopter crashes, an avid gardener, a yogi, a world traveler, and a do-it-yourselfer who not only built a zip line through the woods for his grandchildren but also finished building a deck, despite almost cutting off his own big toe. His favorite activities were to attend his grandchildren’s events and to spend time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife and college sweetheart, Ann; his brother, Ralph (Marion) Sasaki; his son, Rick (Karen) Sasaki; his daughter, Erin (Mark) Scherger; four grandchildren: Matthew and Caitlyn Scherger, Max and Jack Sasaki; and his step-grandson, Alan Scherger. He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Sasaki, and his grandson, Joseph Scherger.
Ray treated all, from casual acquaintances to lifelong friends, with an aloha spirit. He will be greatly missed. A ceremony in his honor will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
[Ednote: COL Sasaki obituary reprinted: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/falls-church-va/raymond-sasaki-9053613]