Surrounded by his family, Raymond (Raymundo) Mariscal passed peacefully at his home on December 14th, 2012. Raymond was the eldest son of Elvira and Felipe Mariscal of Lincoln, NE. He was born Nov. 8th, 1924. His early years growing up in the great depression is what formed his sense of humor. He once claimed he ran so fast he started his shoes on fire, which in turn burnt the school down. Or his baseball that he hit so hard it’s still circling the earth.
Lying about his age, he joined the service at age 17. He was an Automatic Rifleman with the 132nd Infantry Americal division. He was part of the Northern Solomons and Southern Philippines campaigns. He received various commendations including the Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead and Purple Heart. He returned home to his family that had been told a year earlier that he had been killed in action. He then worked beside his father learning his trade of a railroad machinist. He started on coal and wood fired steam engines and retired from Burlington Northern 41 years later in Laurel, MT.
Passing through Billings on his way back home to Nebraska, he saw cowboys and Indians on horseback and decided to make this his home. Little did he know it was the Western Days Parade that brought him here. He met and married Charlotte Stang Mariscal, and celebrated 56 years of marriage. Ray taught his children to make their own connections to nature which became the family’s spiritual escape on countless camp trips, road trips, and fishing trips. He was also a permanent fixture at Yellowstone Downs to make sure he “bought some hay.” He had his kids figuring odds before they could count. If you knew Ray, you knew he was a fun-loving, flirtatious, quick-witted, tough and caring, proud man who always left you with a smile.
Raymond is survived by his children: Raymond (Little Ray) and Janet Ries Mariscal, Jackie and Craig Andrews, Ricky Mariscal, Jason and Jovena Mariscal; Grandchildren: Jeremy (Melissa) Kazda, Jesse (Joni) Pirtz, Kelli (Lance) Lehigh and Raylee Mariscal; Great grandchildren: Austin (Kazda) Lazar and Josie Rae Pirtz; Sisters: Becky (Lester) Hampton, Carol Mariscal, Irene (Pete) Gandara, Amelia (Zeke) Gandara; Brothers: Ruben (Gertie) and Ernie Mariscal.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Char; his parents; brothers: Richard and Phillip; sisters: Lola and Amy.
Memorials in Ray’s name may be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice. Services will be held at Yellowstone Veterans Cemetery in the spring of 2013.