Ray LaVern Sinnett passed away peacefully Nov. 4, 2017, at Oregon Health Science & University Hospital in Portland.
He was born April 15, 1940, in Seattle, to John and Bernice Sinnett of Bainbridge Island, Wash., where he grew up as an only child.
After attending school and graduating on Bainbridge Island, he spent two season working in the canneries of Alaska.
In the following months, he traveled to the Chicago area where he attended a heavy equipment operator school. With the completion of school, he followed a lead for work and found himself in Kalama where he met Leatha Adams. They married in 1963 and spent the next 30-plus years building a successful logging business. They sold the business in the mid 90’s and Ray went to work for the Department of Natural Resources where he retired in 2004.
Ray loved working in his shop building furniture, cabinets and finally restoring his 1950 Chevy 5 Window pickup. He spent countless hours tinkering around out there.
Ray’s passion for woodworking did not subside after retirement. In Tucson, Ariz., where he and Leatha spent the winters, Ray thoroughly engulfed himself with carving. Hours of classes and practice have paid off with amazing works of art. During their time in Arizona, they made many wonderful friends and memories. After selling their home of 46 years, they moved into a small summer cottage to be close to the grandchildren. Ray was a loving and gentle man who was thought highly of by all.
Ray is survived by his wife of 54 years, Leatha; three children, Sheri Meyer (Jeff), Julie Sinnett (Lloyd) and Jeff Sinnett (Samantha); four grandsons, Devin Meyer (Alysa), Gunnar Meyer, Landon Booth, and Duke Ipock; three granddaughters, Kaylie Sinnett, Ariana Booth and Sydney Richardson; and two great-granddaughters, Natalie and Callie Meyer.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Kalama United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kalama Volunteer Firefighters Association.