Raymond Carl Pawlowski
JULY 18, 1929 – JANUARY 21, 2022
SCHERERVILLE, IN – Raymond Carl Pawlowski, born July 18, 1929 in Schererville, IN, formerly of Calumet City, IL, and Lake of the Four Seasons died January 21, 2022. Predeceased by his wife, Karyl; son, Raymond; brother, Jack; and parents: Helen and John Pawlowski.
Survived by daughters: Joan (Rich) Murphy of Arvada, CO, and Susan (Tim) Arvay of Schererville, IN; loving grandchildren: Allison Pawlowski, Andy (Caitie), Kevin and Elaine Murphy Timothy, Justin, Ethan (Holly) and Kennan (Susie) Arvay; great-grandchildren: Clover and Kylan Murphy, Ellie and Josie Arvay and Scarlett Arvay; siblings: Dorothy (late George) Vasilko, Rita (Gene) Zielinski and Thomas (Millie) Pawlowski; sister-in-law, Lorraine Pawlowski; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Ray graduated from Catholic Central High School (Bishop Noll Institute) in 1948 and married his high school sweetheart Karyl in 1950. Ray and Karyl were very active with St. Victor’s Church in Calumet City while raising their family. After moving to Schererville, Ray belonged to St. Maria Goretti Church in Dyer. Ray was a Korean War veteran, earning two Bronze Star citations. In April 2017, he was fortunate enough to participate in the Honor Flight program and was a life member of the American Legion Post 330 of Calumet City.
Ray was employed by Inland Steel for 18 years. He then taught at East Chicago Washington High School in the machine shop while attending night school where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocational education and administration from Purdue University and Governor State University. He received the Meritorious Teacher Award for outstanding performance in industrial education and has been associated with several professional industrial arts and vocational education associations throughout his professional career. Ray retired as an administrator of the De La Garza Career Center within the East Chicago School City.
Ray enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sports and activities. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona with Karyl, visiting his cousins Chris and Rodger Pranske, and always stopping to visit his grandchildren in Colorado. Until the late 1980s, he continued to travel to Arizona with his children and grandchildren.
A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church, 500 Northgate Dr. Dyer, IN. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at KISH FUNERAL HOME, 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home for Girls, c/o Sister Maria Giuseppe, East Chicago, IN; and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) are appreciated.
Published by The Times on January 23, 2022.