Ray enlisted in the Navy in 1942 at the age of 17 and proudly served his country during WWII in the Mediterranean and South Pacific.
Upon his return, he married his sweetheart, Constance, on October 26, 1946.
When Ray was 21 years old, he built his own thriving business, a grocery store on Market Street that he and his wife Connie ran for many years.
Later on, he worked for the Kraft Company and then for Golden Grain and worked his way up to a management position and was very successful selling pasta to many grocery stores in Eastern and Western Washington.
Ray was born to be the ultimate gardener.
His motto was “If you can’t eat it, don’t plant it.”
Ray’s main goal in life was to grow the biggest and the best in his garden.
He was a member of the Gardeners of Spokane and participated in the Fair every year, winning many blue ribbons.
He was also known as the “Garlic King”.
For many years he grew garlic that was brought directly from Italy by his father.
The original seeds were sewn into his father’s coat when he arrived in the U.S. Ray’s children honor his family legacy by continuing to grow and harvest garlic from those original seeds.
Ray was also very proud of his Italian heritage and served on the Board of Directors of the American Italian Club and was a member of the retired men’s group at Assumption Parish.
Ray’s family acknowledges that he was a great provider and wonderful teacher.
He loved to go boating, water-skiing and taught all the kids to water-ski.
He is survived by his wife Connie; his children; Ray Diluzio Jr., Brad Diluzio (Deana), and Carol Holmgren (Robert).
He also leaves behind a brother; Romey Diluzio (Shirley) and a brother-in-law Jerry Disotell (Jackie) as well as two grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass will be held at Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church, 3624 W Indian Trail Rd., on Friday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. Ray will be laid to rest at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ray’s name fo the Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church.
Please visit Ray’s online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.