CAMBRIDGE — Raymond Lee Klingensmith, 76, of Cambridge passed away on Monday June 24, 2019, at Mallard Bay Care Center. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 7, 1943, and grew up in Kokomo, Ind., the son of Arthur Eugene and DeVonna Kuntz Campbell.
Ray graduated from Kokomo High School and attended Wabash College, Butler University and Indiana University. As a young man he lived in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a vice president of North Carolina National Bank, now known as Bank of America. Later, he was recruited by Trans Data Corporation and moved to Cambridge, Md. He began his own consulting business, RK Associates in Cambridge and later Strata Variance Corp. in Salisbury. Ray retired both businesses in 2017.
On May 27, 1998, he married the former Willa Tharp. He was an avid reader and loved traveling. Ray had a passion for cars, especially classic cars, and Formula 1 racing. He was quite a conversationalist and made friends wherever he went. Ray loved his home in Cambridge, but he also loved spending time in his second home on the Florida Gulf Coast. He was a member of the Cambridge Yacht Club and a retired member of the Dorchester Sanitary Commission.
Ray is survived by his wife, Willa Klingensmith of Cambridge; his daughters, Amy Klingensmith Cremens and husband Jeff, and Wyndie Klingensmith Stitt and husband Todd, all of Charlotte, N.C.; stepdaughter, Winifred Roche and husband Mark Hemelt of Havre De Grace, Md.; grandchildren, Catherine Cremens, Will Cremens, Rachel Stitt, Rebecca Stitt, Michael Roche, Alex Hemelt, Andrew Hemelt. He is also survived by four beloved aunts in Indiana and numerous cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 14 at Cambridge Yacht Club between 4 and 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St. Cambridge, MD 21613.
Arrangements are in the care of Thomas Funeral Home P.A. in Cambridge.