Raymond Edward Bilger, 1948 — 2013
Raymond Edward Bilger
1948 — 2013
Raymond Edward Bilger, a 15-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away on Oct. 27, at 2:27 a.m. He was 65 years old.
Ray was born in Abington Township, Penn., on March 27, 1948. He was one of six children born to Raymond Phillip and Gloria Mae (Kettenburg) Bilger. He graduated from Neshaminy High School and Temple University with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering. Ray then proudly served his country for three years in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and as a Lance Corporal was honorably discharged at Camp Pendleton, in 1971.
After his service in the military, Ray worked at McHugh Brothers Engineering, followed by a stint at the United States Post Office, and also the Pennsylvania Railroad. He eventually settled into Hollywood, working in the film industry as a Key Grip/Gaffer, and remained there for 40 years. During this time, he relocated to Tehachapi, met and married his wife, Jan. She soon gave birth to Ray's second son, Daniel. After retirement at age 65, he began working as a caregiver through Hoffmann Hospice.
Ray was an active individual and loved hiking, biking, and camping. He was an artistic person, and he enjoyed painting and woodworking, as well as writing. He authored various articles for the enlightenment of others regarding history and world affairs, including articles written for local papers. Ray also authored the book, "The Untold History of America, Part I." He is described as gentle, loving, compassionate, and caring, with a sense of humor that touched everyone he met. That was Ray.
Raymond leaves behind his father, Raymond Phillip of Pennsylvania; brother, Barry G. Bilger of Pennsylvania; sisters, Judith Appel, Jill Conroy, Debbie Schultz, also all of Pennsylvania, Susan Gallen of Maryland; sons, Justin Bilger and Daniel Bilger; wife, Jan; and granddaughters, Caroline and Laura Bilger. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria.
A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. Donations may be made in Raymond's memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 329 South Mill St., Tehachapi, CA 93561; and Hoffmann Hospice, 8501 Brimhall Road, Building 100, Bakersfield, CA 93312. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.