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Raymond Bruce SchenkelRaymond Bruce Schenkel, age 56, of Reidsville, NC died on May 27, 2020 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 o’ clock on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 o’ clock to 2 o’ clock, prior to the service. Ray was born on July 17, 1963 to Floyd and Beatrice “Trixie” Schenkel in Detroit, Michigan. While growing up, Ray participated in Little League Baseball and enjoyed traveling to visit family in the United Kingdom. He also closely bonded to their family dog, Happy. Their family eventually moved to Pine River, Minnesota where Ray graduated from Pine River High School in 1981. In high school, he continued to participate in sports, excelling in football and baseball. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle around their home. He graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1985. While attending University, he met Ruby (Schaumburg) while “visiting” her roommate. They were married in Mahnomen, Minnesota in 1987. After marrying, they settled in Brainerd, MN where Ray was a salesperson at an office supplies store. They had their daughter, Leah in 1992. In 1995, Ray and Ruby took the chance to open their own office supply store in Mahnomen, MN and proceeded to run that location and an additional location in Ada, MN for 10 years. While living in Minnesota, Ray enjoyed golfing and bowling in weekly community leagues, traveling, and coaching youth basketball. In 2005, the family took a risk and moved to North Carolina. Although he remained in sales initially, he trained to change careers and joined his wife as an elementary school teacher. He taught as a reading specialist and 5th grade teacher for 7 years at Moss Street Elementary. He was passionate about teaching reading and encouraged his students to excel in academics and in life. During the summers, he played in the NC Amateur golf league where he won several tournaments. His other great love was to follow the Bemidji State hockey team in the winter by listening to or traveling to the games. Over the past few years, Ray has faced considerable health challenges but constantly strove to overcome them through hard work and maintaining his biting sense of humor. Ray could strike up a conversation with any person. He was a loving and dedicated father and husband and will be deeply missed. Ray is survived by his wife, Ruby and daughter, Leah of Winthrop, Massachusetts and cousins, Gail (Richard), Gary (Penny), Kaye (Bob), John, and Lucky. Preceded in death by father, Floyd, and mother, Trixie, and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorials may be made to PLSFarmMinistry.org
Ruby and Leah, you dont know me but I was one of Rays best friends growing up in Richmond. Ray and I met the summer between third and fourth grade and became fast friends and played and hung out almost daily. I have so many fond memories of growing up together, playing baseball, football, building models and, yes, getting in trouble. Floyd and Trixie treated me as a member of the family and even took me to Minnesota to see the new property they bought for their retirement home. Ray and I lost touch until about two years ago when we reconnected on Facebook and I am now so very sad I didnt find a way to visit in person. I want you to know youre in my thoughts and that I feel a small part of the devastating loss you must feel. Please live in the cherished memories and in the knowledge he loved you deeply. Be well Mike Hall
Mike Hall Aug 17 2020 8:27 PM
Ruby & Leah Im so sorry for Rays passing. Please know that yall are in my thoughts & prayers. May the Lord comfort each of you. May your memories serve you well. Doris H Matkins
Doris H Matkins May 31 2020 2:40 PM
I am Rays distant cousin in the UK. He was the youngest grandson of our maternal grandmother I am the eldest. Although there were 26yrs difference it never showed .Whenever we visited from the UK it was like coming home. He will be sadly missed by my family. Bon Voyage Raymond go with God. John Jenkins
John Jenkins May 31 2020 6:11 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Schenkel
Jessica Clark May 30 2020 9:07 AM
Ruby and Leah, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of teaching with Ray! You guys have a special place in my heart! Love you!
Karen Dolbear May 29 2020 7:35 PM
Ruby, Johnny and I are so sad to hear about Rays passing. I still remember the first time I met you two at the Plantation Golf Course and struck up a conversation with the couple from Minnesota. I so enjoyed talking to you that day and found that we had several things in common ... golf and teaching. I know the past years have been very difficult. Ray is now in the presence of his Heavenly Father and in great peace - no pain, tears or suffering. I pray you can take comfort in that. Much love and prayers for you and Leah. Pat
Pat Sechrest May 29 2020 3:45 PM
Ruby - Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. - From an old friend in Mahnomen.
Gloria Winkler May 29 2020 3:34 PM
Condolences and prayers to you and your family Ruby:purple_heart::latin_cross::pray:
sonia Heggedal May 29 2020 2:09 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Schenkel
Kathy May 28 2020 7:46 PM
Sending prays to the family with Al our love Makenzie ,Keith,Hilda williams
Keith williams May 28 2020 5:11 PM