Raymond Martinich, Sr.

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Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond J. Martinich Sr, 77, of Swansea, IL, born April 17, 1940, in Butte, MT, died Friday, February 16, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Lt. Col. Martinich honorably served his country for 25 years in the United States Air Force.  He was a navigator for 16 years, which included four years as a Navigator Instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, and nine years as a Personnel Planning and Programming Officer at the Military Airlift Command (MAC) Headquarters, Scott AFB, IL, where he retired in 1988.

Ray’s Air Force career included one tour in Vietnam. He received numerous meritorious service medals, commendation medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and several longevity service awards.

Soon after retirement, Ray went to work for Trans World Airlines (TWA) as an L-1011 Pilot Instructor and he continued with American Airlines as a Manager, Flight Operations until retiring again in 2004.

Ray was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, where he coordinated and volunteered at the annual Wurstmarkt and enjoyed decorating the church for holidays.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered for his love of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Yvonne M. Martinich; his parents, Matthew F. and Mary J., nee Sternod, Martinich; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Martinich; and brothers-in-law, Charles H. Lussy and Robert “Bob” Lussy.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Yvonne T. “Bonnie”, nee Lussy, Martinich, whom he married on June 25, 1966;
a son, Raymond J., Jr. (Catherine) Martinich of Dallas, TX;
a daughter, Christine M. (Scott) Oldani of O’Fallon, IL;
three grandchildren, Dominic Oldani, Raymond J. Martinich III, and Olivia Oldani; a brother, Frank R. Martinich of Butte, MT;
a sister-in-law, Mary Anna Lussy of Westminster, CA;
and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to the First Responders, ER staff at Memorial-East Hospital, ARCH Air Medical Services Personnel, and the 10th floor Neurology ICU at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for their professional and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Monsignor John T. Myler officiating. Burial will be private.


3 Comments on Raymond Martinich, Sr.

Tracy Lynn Jackson said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Bonnie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your amazing husband. I remember most was his gentle nature and kind smile that resinated each time he walked in the room. I was so blessed to spend the time I did with your family. I know you have had tough times but with your faith and your loving children moving forward will be easier. Ray is without a doubt smiling in Heaven with Yvonne and waiting for his beloved Bonnie to return to him. May peace lift you and faith move you forward in these most trying of days. Chrissy, I adore you and i lift you all up in prayer and as the beautiful poem i sent you said... he may be gone from our sight but as he drifts from our view there are other eyes watching him coming and other voices ready to take a shout "here he comes" here he comes!! love to all Tracy

  • Smithton
  • IL
Sandy Levengood said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Fort Worth
  • TX
The Greg George Family said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 2:05 AM

Our thoughts, prayers and love are will all of you.

  • Flower Mound
  • TX

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