Raymond Alexis Bockelman, 87, of Galveston, passed away Friday, December 3, 2010.
The family will receive visitors from 12:00pm until 2:00pm, Tuesday, December 7th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The funeral mass will begin at 2:00pm at the church, followed by burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Raymond was born June 25, 1923 in Galveston to Alolph Julian Bockelman and Benita Ann Landry. He graduated from Ball High School in 1941, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Raymond served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. In 1946, he married Pansy McLendon, with whom he had two children, Sylvia and John. He then began working at Suderman & Young Towing Company, Inc., where he held the offices of Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. After 42 years of service, he retired in 1987. He later married Muriel Estella Bockelman. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008, he resided at The Forum in The Woodlands, Texas.
Raymond was active in the Propeller Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston Wharves Board & Appeals, and various other civic activities. He also won the Maritime Man of the Year, Admiral – Texas Navy award.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel Estella Bockelman; daughter, Sylvia Quinn; son, John Bockelman and wife, Debby; step daughter, Jackie O’Beirne Martini and husband, Tom Dunegan; grandchildren, Kyle and Nicholas Bockelman; step grandchildren, Michael Martini and wife, Jennifer, John Martini, and Tracy Thornton; and nephews, Wayne and Dennis Byrd.