Raymond Joseph Riha

August 10, 2023
Raymond Joseph Riha

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Ray is now underway in his heavenly journey joining his parents Ray C & Mary Lou Riha. Ray is survived by his former wife Sandy, and children, Heather (Chris) Wisniewski, Braxton (Katie) Riha, and 2ndLt USMC Caitlin Riha, his fiance Jill Marks, his 6 sisters and brother. Ray recently became a grandpa with the arrival of Wyatt Raymond Riha to Katie and Braxton.

Ray was born in Detroit, Mi, the second of 8 children and raised in a very vibrant neighborhood and environment. After graduating from St Mary’s of Redford High School his wanderlust took hold and he joined the US Coast Guard. After completing his tour of duty where he was based out of our nation’s capital, Ray enrolled in Virginia Tech. He spent several years in Blacksburg, Va, graduating with a BS degree in aeronautical and nuclear engineering. Ray then began his professional career working at Newport News Shipyard, as part of the team dedicated to strengthening our nation. He then moved to the commercial nuclear power industry where he held leadership positions in public utilities in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, before returning to his roots in the Navy shipbuilding at Huntington Ingalls Industries. Along this path he also became a well-respected academic, earning advanced degrees at Florida Institute of Technology and Loyola Marymount University, culminating with a PhD from George Washington University. He was an adjunct faculty member of VCU, Richmond University and Christopher Newport. The family would like to thank the crew from the Aleworks, Riverside Hospice, and many other friends and family members who have shown their support and love during Ray’s illness.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Bucktrout Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


Memorial Service

Thursday, August 17, 2023
1:00 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-229-3822

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  • November 28, 2023
    Fred Foreman says:
    I just heard about Ray's passing. I worked with Ray off and on through the years and he was always a bright light, always cheerful and great to work with. Ray you will be missed.

  • August 21, 2023
    Linda Taylor says:
    I just heard yesterday that Ray passed away. I was saddened to hear this. I worked with Ray for many years at Newport News Shipbuilding. Ray was a pleasure to work with and very appreciative especially when I was able to get the supplies he needed to get the job done. Ray was kind and a gentleman. I can still see his smile.

  • August 17, 2023
    Kelly H. says:
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Ray. I met him at NNS as he became my supervisor. He was always the professional and was a pleasure to work for. Rest in Peace Brother.

  • August 12, 2023
    Jamie Westcott lit a candle:
    Lit since August 12, 2023 at 8:31:58 AM

  • August 12, 2023
    Floyds says:
    It was such an Honor to have known Ray. We are sending our deepest Condolences and Heartfelt Prayers to All the Family. Love, Bob and Melody Floyd