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Raymond Abraczinskas - "ABE (W8HVG)

Nov 09, 2010

Abe will be missed by all . He was a gr8 ham , a gr8 mentor and all around GR8 guy . Abe created,for the most part, and maintained the largest continually linked 2m rptr. system in the country, better known as the Independent Rptr. Assoc and it's West Michigan LINK.Which grew to include about 65% of the lower Michigan area's and into the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Abe could explain radio to the youngest and to even those NOT familiar with RADIO stuff like the YL's. So he was a gr8 MENTOR to MANY, he ALWAYS encouraged hams to upgrade and enjoy the hobby ! Abe was always able to balance , family , honey doo's ,WORK , writing books about his Pennsylvania , writing articles about ham radio -- oh and fishing trips in Canada ... and did I mention HAM RADIO . I am sure gonna MISS him . He dubbed me Skippy years ago --it's a long story. My Y L and I have always had great admiration for him and what he has accomplished . Abe is now on his next journey so here is a final 7 3 and who knows what he can accomplish there . Debbie and I send OUR condolences to Abe's family. Thanks for the MEMORIES Abe . from Skippy ---- Rick - K8WZS

Contributed by: Rick Hockridge (K8WZS)

Abe was a great friend to so many people. Here in Michigan and around the world. He met many Japanese Hams and stayed in contact with them for years. He helped create one of Michigan's most exciting Ham Swaps. He made so many friend and did so much for so many. I miss him already. He was like a older brother. Abe, as they say in Japan, " I'll be going on ahead now". R.I.P. my friend.

Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)

I was shocked and saddened to hear of "Abe's" passing. I first met him in the 1950s when as a USAF vet he was an EE student on the GI Bill at Tri-State. In later years we had many a long QSO on 2M FM when I returned to Michigan on vacations. He was truly one of the good guys. If anyone knows the cause of his passing, please post it here. RIP, old friend. Stu, K5PB, Richardson, TX

Contributed by: Stuart Bonney, K5PB (K5PB)

This MAY explain it ! 73 de skippy--------- Abraczinskas, Raymond James W8HVG , age 74, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. After graduating from Catawissa High School in 1954, he served in the Marines and specialized in avionics and communications while stationed in Japan. He graduated from Tri-State College in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Ray worked as a laser system project engineer and navigation engineer for Lear Siegler Inc. (later Smiths Industries) before switching to marketing research and development programs. He was instrumental in casting LSI’s unique product, the Voice Controlled Interactive Device, which was designed to assist pilots with controls in the cockpit using voice commands. Ray, known as “Abe” to thousands of Ham Radio operators around the globe, was a dedicated amateur radio operator for 56 years. He was a genealogy buff, and enjoyed annual fishing trips to Quebec. He authored “Stories from my Pennsylvania” (Volumes 1 & 2), a collection of stories based on his childhood growing up in the Susquehanna Valley, PA. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Katherine Abraczinskas; children, Laura Abraczinskas, Diane Abraczinskas (Raymond Chung), Carol Abraczinskas, David Abraczinskas; grandchildren, Nicole and Camille Chung; sister, Regina Filipowicz, brothers, Robert (Patricia) Abraczinskas, Dennis (Patricia) Abraczinskas; brother-in-law, Tom (Evelyn) Oleksy; many nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 9:00 am at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 1213 – 52nd Street SE with Rev. Godfrey Onyekwere officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Chapel (Kentwood), 4646 Kalamazoo, rosary at 8:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society.

Contributed by: Rick Hockridge (K8WZS)

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