logistician; was active in charities

Raymond Lynn Borchelt, a resident of Venice Beach, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, December 25th. He was 46.

Borchelt was born September 9th, 1962. As a child he loved bikes, skate-boarding, GI Joe, playing sports and clowning around with neighborhood friends, said his sister, Jacqui Langenberg.

He played the trumpet in his junior high school marching band and was a great athlete in high school as a linebacker for the Mt. Miguel Matadors from 1976 to 1980, she said.

Borchelt worked for years as a logistician.

“Ray was one of the most dynamic and brilliant people I have ever met in my lifetime,” said Tim Kelly, a family friend. “Ray could get any job he wanted and quickly excel.”

Borchelt also was involved in charitable causes, according to his sister.

“Raymond once said that his biggest accomplishment in life was all the volunteer work that he did while in San Pedro,” she said.

His nephew, Tyler Langenberg also remembered Borchelt fondly.

“I remember Uncle Ray laughing, joking and I will always respect him most for his courage,” he recalled.

Borchelt’s niece Nicole Kahoalii, said, “I loved the way he always made us laugh, but most of all I will remember Uncle Ray for the way he treated life as an adventure and went after it.”

His mother, Sandra Borchelt, says he “will always be my baby boy with a beautiful smile and wonder in his eyes. He always had such ambition in life.”

Martin added, “Ray always had a mischievous twinkle in his eyes.”

Borchelt is survived by his mother Sandra; stepfather Tom Borchelt; sisters Leisa Mendez, Christina Borchelt and Jacqui Langenberg; his brother Bill Freeman and 11 nieces and nephews.

There will be a cremation and a celebration of his life will be held with close family and friends at Venice Beach in early spring. Instead of flowers the family asks that people volunteer for one day in honor of him or send a remembrance to The Beacon House of San Pedro, 1003 S. Beacon St. San Pedro 90731.

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