Raymond Frederick Mohrman, 93
Raymond F. Mohrman was born on September 6, 1925 and died on November 16, 2018 in St. Louis at 93 years old. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edwin and Anne and his brothers, Edwin and Leonard. Ray is survived by his wife of 70 years Dolores ‘Do’; 5 children Marilyn, Ray Jr., Michael, Carol, and Libby; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Ray graduated as class valedictorian from Christian Brothers College High School in 1943 and proudly served in Europe and the Philippines in WW II. His platoon led the assault over the Danube River. After VE Day, he served a year in the Philippines as a platoon leader and was honorably discharged as Technical Sargent in 1946. In 1949, he graduated from St. Louis University, Institute of Technology, with a BS in Applied Electronics and he received his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1951.
During his career, he advanced into senior executive positions in the aerospace and medical products industries in St. Louis and Akron, Ohio. In 1981, he formed MON-A-THERM, a medical products company, where he served as president and chief operating officer before selling the company in 1985. He then served as Assistant Dean in the School of Engineering and School of Technology and Information Management, Washington University until his retirement in 1991.
Ray was an avid volunteer. He served in leadership and volunteer roles in each of his parishes (St. Luke, Richmond Heights; Ste. Genevieve du Bois, Warson Woods; St. Sebastian, Akron, Ohio; Our Lady of Lourdes, University City; St. Anselm, Creve Coeur; and St. Gerard Majella, Kirkwood). He was Chairman of the Archbishop’s Appeal for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Ray served on Boards for St. Mary’s Hospital, Birthright Counseling, Newman Center at Washington University, St. Louis Area Food Bank, and White House Retreat. But his most passionate volunteer service was for Serra International, working for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. He served as president of the St. Louis Serra Club, Governor of the District, a member of the Serra International Board for eight years and as Serra International President.
Ray was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. While his family was his first priority, he was an excellent tennis player (until age 78), and highly accomplished (and competitive) at bridge, poker and gin rummy. He was an avid traveler — Ray and his beloved wife Do visited all 50 states and over 40 countries.
Services: A celebration of Ray’s life will be at a Mass of Resurrection on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Gerard Majella Church, 2000 Dougherty Ferry Road, Kirkwood. Visitation will begin at the church at 9:30. Mass will be followed by a full military internment at 1:00 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Rd, St. Louis. Friends are invited to a reception at 2:00 pm at Aberdeen Heights, 555 Couch Avenue, Kirkwood.
Those wishing to make a donation in Ray’s memory are encouraged to contribute to the Serra Club of St. Louis (Attention Rev. Brian S. Fallon), 5200 Glennon Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63119.