Raymond Clarence Schilling

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Raymond Clarence Schilling in Houston, Texas on April 3, 2024. The youngest of five children, Raymond was born to Mary E. Lavey and Clarence J. Schilling in Allentown, PA, on December 16, 1947.

He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1965 and met his wife, Denise, in his early 20’s.

Raymond pursued his lifelong passion for cars with a career in the auto industry. He specialized in German cars and was employed for many years with Lehigh Valley Volkswagon. He also collected and restored antique cars, hot rods and antique motorcycles.

He enjoyed nature, art history and architecture and was a talented carpenter. In his mid-thirties, Ray also built his own A-frame house on several acres of wooded land in Eastern PA, near the Delaware River.

Raymond retired from the auto industry in 2003. During his retirement, he pursued his love of carpentry and the arts. He restored old houses and he began to study ceramics. He bought his own kiln and traveled to Taos, New Mexico, where he studied and exhibited his artwork with The Pottery Exchange.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Denise Ann Schilling, his two loving daughters, Kirsten Ismene Schilling and Amber Rose Schilling, and his beloved dog, Snooki.

He is also survived by his three siblings, Kenneth Schilling, Helen Coleman and Mary Johnson.

A funeral will be held for Raymond at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, PA on 6/21/2024 at 11 am. His cremated remains will then be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Wescosville, PA.


  1. Ray was and is one of the few people in my life that I truly thank God for the privilege of giving me such a wonderful friend. I miss him and will always keep him with me.

    Robert Garst
    • Robert, I am so sorry that you lost your good friend. I learned so much from the two of you and often think of you guys.

  2. I was so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I remember Ray pulling into the studio on his Harley. He was big and burley with a heart of gold. I always smile when I think of Ray. He will be missed by all who knew him. To Denise, Kirsten, and Amber, I hope you can find happiness in your memories. I know how much he loved his family.

    Gable Young
  3. I am so grateful to my dad for all the things he taught me. How to identify plants and trees. How to count the rings of a tree to know their age. How to be kind and to gain an animal’s trust and respect. How to make pie dough and French Toast from scratch (he made great Sunday morning breakfasts!) How to be — creative. When I was 8 or 9 years old he painted a rainbow wall mural on my bedroom wall and ever since then I was completely sold on working with my hands. Hopefully I have inherited at least a small percentage of his many talents.

    I’m so grateful to hear your memories, Bob and Gable.
    Thank you! And I hope others will share their memories here, too.
    -Kirsten Schilling

    Kirsten Schilling
  4. Ray,
    I know the years passed and we lived in different parts of the world but I am glad we caught up with each other when you moved to Houston and shared long political conversations…..and laughter about many things
    Its odd that we grew up together and also shared the same sense of humor about books and places…. Am so happy you found peace with your girls and they with you.
    You introduced me to pottery and I enjoyed throwing and I mean throwing and occasionally made something useful and continue to utilize several of your pots to this day. I always thought when you were a child that you would grow up to be a car so am happy you became the man you were.

    Helen Coleman
  5. Even though we weren’t related by blood he was the man who raised me and who made me be and realized the the person who I can become. He always seen the best in me even as a child and I love him always for that. He was a better father than my own one can be ever and I will forever miss him. He taught me a lot about architecture and carpentry along with a lot of other stuff that can better myself as a man today. I miss you Dad I will always love you your son Shawn.

  6. Miss u so much Ray love u snookie misses u also


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