Raymond John Stinar passed away October 18th, 2010. Ray was born on September 3, 1941 to John and Helen (Dostal) Stinar at the Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Raymond attended Grand Forks Public Schools and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1959. He played basketball, Legion and College Baseball. Ray graduated from Mayville State College in 1965 with a degree in Business Education, Physical Education and Health. He was united in marriage to Wilma Mullet on June 5, 1965 in Washington Lutheran Church of Northwood, ND. They were married for 45 years. He started his teaching and coaching career in McVille, ND. In 1969 he accepted a position in Mahnomen, MN. He finished his career at East Grand Forks Senior High, retiring in 2000. Ray also taught Drivers Training in East Grand Forks for many years. Ray coached High School Basketball for a total of 26 years. He was inducted into the Grand Forks Central's Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Minnesota State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
Survivors of Ray include his wife, Wilma of East Grand Forks, MN, daughters, Nicole Knudson, Amy (Rick) Rivera, Sara (Mark) Ellingsworth all of Shakopee, MN, three grandsons, Bailey, Riley and Luke, sister, LaVerne McMenamy of Grand Forks, ND and many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, William Mullet, David Mullet, Norman Renden, Duane Loewen, sisters-in-law Hattie Blaufuss, Donna Tarver and Mary Luggerio. Preceding Ray in death are his parents, brother, Irwin Stinar, sister, Jean Renden, brother-in-law, Bob McMenamy and niece Lynae Sondreal. Ray will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends and his pride and joy, "His Grandsons".
In Lieu of flowers, the family respectively asks that memorials are preferred.
Funeral Service: 10:30 AM on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church and also 1 hour prior Funeral Service on Friday. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN
The following was an article in the Grand Forks Herald about Ray:
Ray Stinar, a long-time head boys basketball coach at East Grand Forks Senior High, died unexpectedly Monday. Raymond Stinar, 69, of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on, October 18, 2010 at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. . He was 69.
Stinar coached 14 seasons at Senior High, resigning from the position after the 1991-92 season. His Senior High teams were 148-157. His most successful seasons at Senior High were in 1984-85 and 1985-86. On teams led by future UND All-American Dave Vonesh, the Green Wave were second in the 1985 Region 8A tournament and third in the region in 1986.
Stinar's coaching career began at McVille, N.D. He also coached at Mahnomen, where he took teams to the Minnesota state basketball tournament in 1973, 1975 and 1976. He had a career record of 357-231 in 26 seasons as a basketball coach.
Stinar was a 1959 Grand Forks Central graduate. He was a standout basketball player at Central, where he was an all-conference selection as a senior. He's a member of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as the Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Stinar also excelled on the diamond. He was one of the top pitchers and starting first baseman for the Grand Forks American Legion baseball team that won the 1959 state championship. Stinar was a starting second baseman for the Grand Forks Matt's Tavern team that finished second in the 1967 Pan Am Games fastpitch softball competition. Fastpitch was an exhibition sport in the Pan Am Games at that time.
He played both baseball and basketball while attending Mayville (N.D.) State College.