Ray Gregory Wydra, Jr

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  • Name: Ray Gregory Wydra Jr
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1933
  • Date of Death: January 19, 2010 (76 years old)
  • Parents: Ray Wydra, Sr. and Frances Wydra Pearson
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  • Highest Rank: A3C (Airman 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Military Awards:
    Good Conduct
    National Defense Service
    United Nations Service
    Korean Service Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    After graduating, Ray then served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

  • Wars Involved:
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    Ray met Connie (Nachiko) over in Japan and brought her back to the United States and married her. They started their family and lived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for over forty years. He worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for Hanna Mining Company for thirty years and retired in Mission, Texas.

    He was a loving/caring husband/father and will be greatly missed by his family.

    Ray is preceded in death by his father, Ray P. Wydra, Sr., mother, Frances Pearson; and grandson Jason P. Wydra.

    He is survived by his wife of 55 years of marriage, Connie; three sons, Greg (Lori), Steve (Heidi), and Fran (Barb); two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; siblings, Bob, Gary (Sandra), Margie (Jim) Kelley, Don (Paula), and Jerry.

    Ray died at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-11-18)

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