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Raymond Scheetz

June 29, 1938 - October 7, 2013
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Raymond M. Scheetz Ray Scheetz passed away early Monday, October 7th in Lakewood, from complications with Emphysema. He was born In Los Angeles on June 29, 1938, to Jesse and Gertrude Scheetz. He met Leanne Whittingham in 1957 and they were married in April 1959. They had 2 children, Mark and Kari. Ray's auto racing career began at the end of World War II when his Dad started preparations for the post war competition aboard his Track Roadster. Ray took to the mechanic trade and by his mid teens had caught the attention of racing Mechanic, John Pouelsen who noticed Ray's attention to detail and his organized approach to servicing the...
Raymond M. Scheetz

Ray Scheetz passed away early Monday, October 7th in Lakewood, from complications with Emphysema. He was
born In Los Angeles on June 29, 1938, to Jesse and Gertrude Scheetz. He met Leanne Whittingham in 1957 and
they were married in April 1959. They had 2 children, Mark and Kari.
Ray's auto racing career began at the end of World War II when his Dad started preparations for the post war
competition aboard his Track Roadster. Ray took to the mechanic trade and by his mid teens had caught the
attention of racing Mechanic, John Pouelsen who noticed Ray's attention to detail and his organized approach to
servicing the race car for the next event. Pouelsen offered Scheetz an opportunity to join his crew at Indianapolis as
they took the Agajanian Special and Parnelli Jones to the Brickyard and victory in 1963. Pouelsen moved to the
Bowes Seal-Fast team in 1964 through 1966 and took Ray along while campaigning with A.J. Foyt on the USAC
trail.
Ray returned to southern California racing action in 1968 as the Racecar Preparation Specialist for the Morales
Brothers, Don Peabody, Bill Sykes, Chuck Tucker, Billy Wilkerson, Skip Schuck, and the Kazarian Family. Some of
the drivers that raced in Scheetz prepared racecars were Howard Gardner, Nick Valenta, Ray Douglas, Bob Hogle,
A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse, Rick Goudy, Colby Scroggin, Billy Wilkerson, Bobby Olivero, Bubby Jones, Don Johns, Bob
Coulter and Ron Shuman with Ray collecting ten season championships. Combined these drivers worked with
Scheetz to amass a total of 155 sprint car victories during his career.
In 1995 and 1996, Ray was very active in the building of Perris Auto Speedway, fabricating many parts of the state of
the art catch fence. Over the years, he devoted his efforts in track preparation in much the same way as his race
cars. Ray has been an important member of the staff that keeps the PAS a top notch facility.
Ray is survived by his wife Leanne, son Mark Scheetz and Mark's wife Donna, daughter Kari Johnson and Kari's
husband Randy, 5 grandchildren, Amanda and husband Mike, Laura and Fiance Jeff, Jeremy, Farren and Mya, and 4
great grandchildren, Jamie Ray, Ryan, Kaleb and Lily.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 14th at 1:00pm at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, CA. At the Sky
Rose Chapel. A luncheon will follow at the Swiss Park Banquet Center in Whittier. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to The . in Rays name.

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Scheetz, Ray, 75, passed away at his home, Oct. 7 ,2013 in Lakewood, CA.

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Raymond M. Scheetz Ray Scheetz passed away early Monday, October 7th in Lakewood from complications with Emphysema. He was born In Los...

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March 26, 2014
"Ray was a legend in his own time in the world of auto racing, he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to LeeAnn and the Sheetz family Stan and Sandra Hansen"

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