November 1, 1945 ~ October 14, 2020

Born in: Orange, New Jersey
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Raphael (Ray) John Bachmann, 74, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at his residence.

Ray was born November 1, 1945 in Orange, New Jersey to the late Alice and Ray Bachmann. Ray was a proud graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and his entire career was spent in the insurance business. He retired as a Vice President of MetLife Brokerage. Ray’s greatest joy was his family. He cherished every moment spent with them.

Ray is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sanny Bachmann; his sons, Dr. Kurt Bachmann (Dr. Laura), and Eric Bachmann (Liz); stepchildren, Tracy Adkins (Dr. Allan), Kelly Ward, Chaplain (Mark) Craig Garrett (Kristin); eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters, and valued friend Jim Womble.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Father Cook officiating at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Hendersonville. Due to Covid-19 the church allows 50 attendees in the church at this time.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Four Seasons Hospice for their loving care during Ray’s illness. Memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28726.


Funeral Mass: October 19, 2020 11:00 am

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
208 7th Ave. West
Hendersonville, NC 28791


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Sandy and family I loved Ray just like he was my family. Just a great friend and I will pray for you all. Wish I could have been with him more.

  2. Praying for your family as you grieve this loss. May He surround you with perfect love and peace as you gather to celebrate his life.
    Kim McNaron
    Perimeter Church Shepherdess

  3. Sanny – My condolences to you in the loss of Ray. I was his first hire back in 1987 when he opened the brokerage office in South Asheville. He was a great guy and a true gentleman. He will be missed..

    Carol Selvey

  4. Dear Sanny and kids,

    I met Ray our Freshman year at Carolina. We were both in Parker Dorm about 3 doors down from each other. We had an absolute blast that year, and along with a few others we were the life of the third floor as many would attest. I joined AKPsi fraternity, and Ray followed along shortly. Needless to say our fun and crazy friendship continued unabated. Ray always demonstrated his high intellect and boundless wit to all his friends which made him a joy to be with. I know you all are going to miss him so much, as so many of us already are. So please accept my sincere condolences. I am completely convinced he is enjoying the “Fellowship of the Saints” right this moment, and will be waiting on us when our time comes. May God’s love be with you all.


    Sam Howe
    Greensboro, NC

  5. Our AK Psi Brother will be missed. His wit was so incredibly funny. He was a wonderful friend and Brotger. My condolences to Sanny and the family


  6. Dear Sanny and Family
    There was a section in the Readers Digest magazine called, “The Most Unforgettable Character”. For me, Ray was my Most Unforgettable Character. From the first time I met him in Chattanooga till we talked about 2 weeks ago, he continued to amaze me with his zest for life, loyalty to friends, and his unfailing memory. When many acquaintances drift apart when distance, physical or regular connection widen, Ray was the one to keep the friendship bonds strong. His friends were important to him which made we friends closer to him.
    But most important to him was always family; Sanny, his boys and Sannys family which became his family as well.
    He will be missed and you all, his family are in our prayers.

  7. Dear Sanny & Family
    Please accept our sincerest condolences regarding Ray’s passing. He’s in a better place. Ray was a great guy and a true friend. He has left us with many fond memories. I will miss his positive demeanor and constant support. He’s a true gem. The world would be such a better place if there were more people like Ray. If there is anything we can do kindly contact us. Farewell my friend,
    Joe & Janice Schaeffer


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