Shyrl “Ray” Behunin aged 82 of Cibolo, TX passed away in the early hours of October 8th, 2022, fighting Mesothelioma. He resided with his wife Lorraine and moved to Cibolo from Gig Harbor, WA two years prior.
Ray was born on January 20, 1940, in Price, UT. He spent his formative years growing up on a farm in Torrey, UT, His parents were Leland Elijah and Vida Lorea Behunin.
He joined the US Navy in August 1957 and started his naval career in the “gun gang”. In 1963 he decided to join the submarine service. Ray loved his time on submarines. He served during conflict with Vietnam, Red China, North Korea, and the cold war with the USSR. After 20 years of service in October of 1976, Ray retired and was honorably discharged from the Navy. His time in the Navy would lend the skills needed to pick up his tool bag and spend more than 30 years as a computer field service technician working for companies like Hughes Aircraft, Documation, Storage Technology Corporation, Systems Industries and Giesecke + Devrient.
Ray loved to travel; while in the Navy he traveled the world many times over, during his computer career he traveled throughout the country to implement upgrades and in retirement he traveled to Alaska, Europe, The Baltics, Morocco, and Mexico just to name a few. He always wanted to see what was just beyond the next bend in the road and where that might take him. Ray loved all things flying; while living in southern California, if he was ever near the Huntington Beach municipal airport, he could be seen with his chin resting on the brick wall watching small aircraft perform take offs and landings. He also enjoyed photography, and if he was holding a camera capturing memories on film he didn’t necessarily have to speak because he was a quiet, private man. He was a jack-of-all-trades, he could fix anything whether it was a car, a broken toilet, a clogged drain, a hole in the drywall, faulty wiring, or a leaky roof.
Ray served in many service callings with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served with the youth; he served in local leadership but one of his most favorites was serving as Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America through his church. He and Lorraine set a goal for all 7 boys to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. They all did so, and along the way Ray helped over a hundred other young men achieve their Eagle Scout Rank. As part of his own personal development, he was awarded the Silver Beaver award for his efforts in the scouting community and supporting his sons and others through their scouting efforts.
Ray and Lorraine Behunin were married in the Los Angeles, California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on September 16, 1967. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage while raising their 10 children through love, hardships, laughter, travel, and family time. Ray and Lorraine share a legacy of 26 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Ray is survived by his wife Lorraine and their ten children Nyleen (Ryan) Turner, Monica, Jonathan (Tanya) Behunin, Tricia (Scott) Tracy, Kevin (Jennifer) Behunin, Andrew (Katie B.) Behunin, Brian (Katie T.) Behunin, Jacob (Krystal) Behunin, Joshua (April) Behunin and Joseph (Sara) Behunin and his 4 siblings Sandra Cook, La Juana Thompson, Karen Madsen, and Chuck Behunin.
Funeral Services: October 22, 2022: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints, 1142 FM 1103 Cibolo, TX viewing 9-11AM, funeral service 11AM-noon. Interment October 24, 2022, Ft. Sam Houston Military Cemetery 10:15AM