Raymond Bernard Holstein, age 92, husband, father, grand and great grandfather, friend, role model, and hero, died Friday, April 13, 2018. He was married to Rose Mary for 67 years before her passing in 2014. He is survived by daughter, Mary Rae Crawford of Nashville, Tennessee; son, Raymond V. Holstein and daughter-in-law, Lisa of Pendleton, Kentucky; son, Donald Ray Holstein and daughter-in-law, Jeannie of Alpharetta, Georgia; daughter, Mary Ann Bradford and son-in-law, Mark of Loganville, Georgia; brother, William M. Holstein; sister, Lavada Adams; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Mr. Holstein served in the Airforce in World War II. He was a top turret gunner in a B-17 bomber in the 381st bomb group. He participated in bombing runs over Germany in 1945. He worked 41 years for American Standard as a sales representative and manager. He graduated in 1949 from University of Louisville. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Funeral Mass is on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Interment will be at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday, April 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Research Center or St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

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  1. Ray was thoughtful, caring and generous. In so any ways he gave to his family, to his country, and to his church. I am grateful he and Rosemary were a part of my life.

  2. One of the most important things Dad showed us, is something he learned in school and in life: “Never judge a man unless you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.” His soul speaks of love. patience, kindness to all, and above all, forgiveness. I could speak volumes of his character. Whenever I did wrong, he made me own up to it, and for that, I am eternally grateful. If he told you he loved and cared about you, he meant it. Anyone he’s touched, you have been blessed. Without even knowing it,, he like Martin Luther King, Jr. never judged a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. That seems to be a family trait he bestowed upon us. The world is a little dimmer now, but the universe is a little brighter.

  3. I had a wonderful Grandfather, One who never grew old, His smile was like sunshine and his heart made of gold. We will miss you and we will see each other again.

  4. I will certainly miss Uncle Ray. You had wonderful parents and I’ll always have fond memories of visiting them in GA. Even though I haven’t seen him in awhile, I’ll cherish the phone call I had with him a few months ago. Uncle Ray certainly lived a full life, and even though his brother (Marvin Holstein) preceded him in death, I know they are now together in heaven.

    Rest in peace Uncle Ray and bless and your family. Ann (Holstein) Boyer Ft. Wright, KY

  5. While I am so deeply saddened that Uncle Ray is no longer with us, I was so very lucky to have known him and have him in my life. I will always cherish the many memories I have of him during his visits to Louisville. He was so very loved and he will be greatly missed. I wish I could be there with you all to help celebrate his wonderful life. Please know that I love each of you and am so very sorry for our loss. I just have to believe that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us …and I know he will be with us all watching from a far. God bless and much love to you all!!

  6. I am saddened and grateful at the same time. Grateful because I got know and love him. Saddened because our time was short. But in that short time I got to experience Ray and his families love. Thank you
    I will always love and miss him.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. He is and will be greatly loved and missed. I’m sorry that his great grandchildren Johnathan and Jacob Holstein could not be there to say their goodbyes.

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