Raymond (Ray) A. Minch

Raymond (Ray) A. Minch, CMSgt, USAF, Retired, passed away on March 9, 2024. A resident of Virginia since 1978, Ray was born on May 14, 1938, in Elizabeth, NJ, and raised in Rahway, NJ. He joined the Air Force in 1956 and proudly served his country honorably for 26 years, retiring from military service in 1982 at Langley AFB, VA. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he completed tours of duty in Japan, Thailand, Germany, and the Philippines, as well as numerous assignments stateside. His military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Upon military retirement, he continued to serve our country in the defense industry for 19 more years. 

Ray was a member of Denbigh United Presbyterian Church for 43 years. He was predeceased by his precious daughter Janice Fiedorowicz, parents Leo and Louise Minch, two sisters, Vivienne Wehrle and Arlene Savoca, and a brother, Lee Minch. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, Elaine; two cherished daughters, Deborah Vandromme (Larry) and granddaughter Dana Beaudry (Adam), Terri Osner (Brent); and granddaughter Larae; son-in-law David Fiedorowicz and grandson Ryan (Faith), great-grandson Jaxon, sisters Ruth Billich and Helene Limone, sister-in-law Lynne Yates, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins,

A memorial service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 16 at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church, Newport News. The family will receive friends following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or a charity of your choice.


  1. Larry Anderson

    Elaine and Family, I just got notified by Ann Butts and am heart broken by this. He was one of the best supervisors and friends I ever had in my 22 year Air Force career. We had some good times together, both on duty and off.

  2. Larry Anderson

    Elaine and Family. I just got this notification from Ann Butts, and am heart-broken. Ray was one of the best supervisors and friends I ever had in my 22 year career. We had good times both on the job and off.

  3. Ann Butts, Spring Lake NC

    Mrs Minch and family

    My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of “Chief” Minch. He was the NCOIC of HQ TAC/ LGSEB when I was Clerk-Steno for 20 months.

    He made my first full-time federal job a pleasure along with the rest of the guys.

    My favorite memories are he and the pipe and the taps on his shoes.

    Looks like he made it to Heaven in time for Bob Forrest’s birthday.

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