ELKHART— Raymond S. Stutsman, 82, of Elkhart, passed away Sunday, July 13, at Beardsley House in Elkhart.
Raymond was born July 21, 1931, to Ernest and Mildred Stutsman in Elkhart.
On June 6, 1964, Raymond married Nancy J. Noreus. She preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2008.
He is survived by daughters, Jayne Steed (David) of Elkhart, Anne Gee (Tom)of Littleton, Colo., Cindi Sinkula (Joe)of Cincinnati; a son, Cory Stutsman (Andrea) of Elkhart; grandchildren Lauren Harmon, Jaclyn Gee, Taylor and Samantha Steed, Jessie and Charlotte Sinkula and Will Stutsman.
Raymond was a 1949 graduate of Elkhart High School. In 1953, he graduated from Purdue University, where he met his true love, Nancy, who later became his wife. While at Purdue he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Naval ROTC.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator during the Korean War. He received a master's degree in business from Western Michigan University. He was one of the founders of Carriage Inc. in Millersburg.
Raymond was very active in Big Brothers in Elkhart. After retiring, he restored World War II War Birds including his P-47 and P-51. He won Grand Champion at Oshkosh Air Show for restoring the P-47. He flew his P-47 down the Potomac in formation with Chuck Yeager for the opening premier of the movie “The Right Stuff.”
He was a member of Experimental Aircraft Association. He became an avid collector of 1800 early American pattern glass.
He was a deeply spiritual man and was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Elkhart.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. No funeral services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Church of Christ Scientist, 2913 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514.
Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.