Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 12:47:18 :
Marin Independent Journal
Friday, April 12, 2002
Died peacefully in his Novato home of cancer on April 8, 2002. Ray was born May 14, 1924 in Beach, North Dakota and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. It was in his childhood that Ray and his twin brother Roy learned to ice skate on a pond in their backyard. At 18 Ray and Roy joined the Ice Follies. They were known as the shackled Schramms, skating together with their wrists and ankles handcuffed to each other. Attempts have been made by other skaters to perform this act but none have been successful. He served in the Air Force and the Army as an aerial gunner, engine mechanic, and gunnery instructor from 1943 to 1946; he attained the rank of Sergeant. After finishing his tour of duty, he returned to Ice Follies. In 1948 he met a young lady named Nadine Thompson. Two weeks later they were married while on tour. Ray and his wife continued skating in Hotel shows and on television specials until 1953. Ray recalled those days as "a super world if you are young and not family oriented. You love the audience and the applause." In 1954 Ray and Nadine settled down in Marin to raise a family where they built their first ice rink in Mill Valley. A year later they moved to a larger facility in San Anselmo, Raydines' Ice Skating on the Miracle Mile. 11 years later they moved their business once again to an even larger facility in Corte Madera. Ray was the owner/operator of Raydine Ice Skating in Marin from 1954 until his retirement in 1986. During that time Ray and his wife touched the lives of many families in Marin County. During his retirement Ray enjoyed snow skiing, golfing, photography, traveling and visiting with his friends and family. He was a member of Sons in Retirement, Marin Country Club, Tam Creek Golf Association, and President of the Oak Creek Home Owners Associations. Ray is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Angela Schramm of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; his daughter and son-in-law, Hetti and John Franczak of Novato; and his four grandchildren, Siobhan and Imogen Schramm and Alexis and Zachary Franczak; his twin brother, Roy Schramm of Shadow Hills and five nephews; and sister Enola Staneart. The family has asked that any memorial gifts be sent to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA. 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151.
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