Raymond A. Pandorf, age 93 of Callaway, passed away June 11, 2013, at the Callaway Good Life Center. He was born April 17, 1920, in Callaway, to Albert E. and Katherine V. (Ridder) Pandorf.
Raymond was raised in Callaway, and graduated with the Callaway High School class of 1938. In 1944, he entered the US Army and served as an airplane armorer gunner with the 397th Bombardment Group in central Europe during World War II.
After his discharge in 1946, he began farming and ranching in the Stapleton area. Ray married Mary Salcetti Oct. 8, 1982. She preceded him in death on April 30, 1989.
October 6, 1995, he married Winifred (Shaw) Johnson. The couple settled in Callaway to be near their families. In 2010, they moved to assisted living in Broken Bow.
Ray was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, St. Boniface Catholic Church in Callaway, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow, the Eagles Club in North Platte, and the Elks Club in Broken Bow. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and traveling. Ray was known for his dry wit and humor, making him well liked by his nurses and care-givers.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred of Broken Bow; step-son, Raoul (Judy) Johnson of Arnold; brother, Bernard Pandorf of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Pandorf of Callaway; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; brothers, Theodore, Hubert, Lawrence and Francis; and a sister, Betty Pandorf.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or to St. Boniface Catholic Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com .
Christian Wake services were Sunday, June 16, 2013, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton. Funeral services were Monday June 17, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton with the Rev. Antony Thekkekara as Celebrant. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 20, 2013