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Longtime Electric Motor Vet Passes

Ray Saddler, EASA officer and Green Beret, died at 83 this month

A longtime electric motor repairman and U.S. service veteran has died, EA learned earlier this week. Ray E. Saddler, Jr., who like so many of his generation, opened an electric motor repair shop following service overseas, passed away September 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. Ray was a 53-year resident of nearby Granite Falls.

Born in Chicago in 1938, Ray spent just shy of 11 years serving as a Green Beret, serving in the 14th Calvary, 82nd Airborne and 550th Light Armored Airborne. He also had NATO clearance and served five years patrolling the East/West German border. Having the necessary clearance, Ray provided security for President John F. Kennedy at times.

Ray left the military and after several years was able to open an electric motor repair company, Canyon Motor Rewind and later a consulting company AET Service. All the while working side-by-side with his wife Virginia. Ray served as a regional officer of all levels for the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) from 1982-2000 as well as on the Engineering Committee in the early 90’s. Ray and Virginia operated their companies together for 37 years. Through AET Ray had many opportunities to travel in support of NOAA, the USCG and the Navy in addition to numerous merchant vessels. Ray truly enjoyed telling stories of his adventures.

Ray’s hobbies included woodworking, his gardens and bird watching. He had a love for animal of all kinds.

A funeral service for Ray was held Friday, September 30, 2022. Following the funeral service a private committal service with military honors was held.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to: Disabled Veterans Association, St Judes Cancer Research for children, the Humane Society, or Alzheimer's Research. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Saddler family.

His son is Ken Saddler, he is still very active in the industry. His cell number is 1-405-659-7638. We appreciate all you guys do for the industry.

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