Ra­dium “Ray” Sul­prizio

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

Passed away on June 7, 2016 in Car­son City, NV at the age of 94.

Ray was pre­ceded in death by his lov­ing wife of 65 years Jeanne Sul­prizio, older sis­ter Va­tinia Yrace­buru, older brother Chal Sul­prizio, and son Keith Sul­prizio, and is sur­vived by his younger brother Deuta “Babe” Sul­prizio, sons Scott Sul­prizio and Kent Sul­prizio, and daugh­ter Christine Sul­prizio, and nu­mer­ous grand chil­dren and great grand chil­dren.

Ray was born March 8, 1922, the third child to par­ents Deuta and Mary Dur­bano Sul­prizio, in Fresno CA, where his fa­ther had es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful au­to­mo­tive en­gine parts man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness, United En­gine and Machine Co. In 1929, Ray’s fa­ther moved the fam­ily and the busi­ness to the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, re­lo­cat­ing the fam­ily in Oak­land and the busi­ness in San Le­an­dro, where both con­tin­ued to grow and thrive.

Both as a young­ster and an adult, Ray was al­ways quite tall and very slen­der, and said he could never put on weight, no mat­ter how much he ate. In fact, he used to say that as a child his mother once took him to the doc­tor be­cause she thought he must have a tape­worm.

Ray at­tended Castle­mont High School in Oak­land where he com­peted in bas­ket­ball and track. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, at­tended UC Berke­ley for a short time be­fore en­ter­ing the US Air Force dur­ing World War II where he was trained as a fighter pi­lot, and earned his wings and the rank of sec­ond lieu­tenant, and was com­mis­sioned as a flight in­struc­tor un­til the end of the war.

Fam­ily will hold a “Cel­e­bra­tion of Life” for Ray on Saturday, July 9th from 1-4pm at Sil­ver Oak Golf & Events Cen­ter, 1251 Coun­try Club Drive, Car­son City NV 89703, for those wish­ing to at­tend.

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