- Name: Raymond Erkeneff Jr.
- Location of Birth: Calumet, Minnesota
- Date of Birth: October 31, 1930
- Date of Death: November 8, 1958 (28 years old)
- Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Erkeneff, Sr.
- High School and Class: 1941 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
- College: 1950 - Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota Attended Gustavus Adolphus at St. Peter, Minnesota for a half term.
- Highest Rank: 1ST LT (First Lieutenant)
- Branch: Air Force
- Other Branch:
- Date Sworn In: June 5, 1951 (Enlistment Date)
- Place Sworn In:
- Date of Discharge: November 8, 1958
- Place of Discharge:
Units and Locations:
Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served January, 1953 June 19, 1953 Officers Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas November, 1953 Korea Hampton, Virginia Marianne, Florida November 16, 1956 Greenville, MIssissippi Georgia Dover, Delaware Lowry Air Force Base at Denver, Colorado
- Military Awards:
Raymond enlisted as an Air Cadet and went into service on June 5, 1951.
- Military Highlights:
Raymond served with the 3415 Technical Training Group in the United States Air Force.
News article from Itasca Iron News, dated November 13, 1958:
"Plane Accident Takes Life of Calumet Man"
"First Lt. Raymond Erkeneff, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Erkeneff, Calumet, was killed Saturday night, Nov. 8 as a result of an aircraft accident while landing at March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif. on a flight routine.
Raymond was born October 31, 1930 at Calumet. He attended Calumet School and graduated from Greenway High School in 1941 and graduated from Itasca Junior College in 1950. He attended Gustavus Adolphus at St. Peter for a half term and enlisted as an Air Cadet and went into service on June 5, 1951. He was married to Norma Jean Reed Nov. 3, 1951 at the Nashwauk Lutheran Church. In January of 1953 he went to Officers Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and graduated on June 19, 1953 as a Second Lieutenant. In November, 1953, he went to Korea and spent about a year there. Upon his return he was stationed at Hampton, Virginia in the Air Force where he received his commission as a First Lieutenant. From Hampton he went to Marianne, Florida where he began his pre-training for Jet flying. From Florida he went to Greenville, Miss. and graduated from the U.S. Jet Base on November 16, 1956. From Greenville he went to Georgia and then to Dover, Delaware where he spent a year. He was on special training at Lowry Air Force Base at Denver, Colorado where he was stationed.
Survivors are his wife, Norma Jean, two daughters, Jeanne Ann and Susan Kay; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Erkeneff of Calumet and a brother, Richard of Santa Monica, California.
Military memorial services will be held his morning at 11 a.m. at Denver. Full military services are pending at the Peterson Funeral Home, Coleraine. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine."
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- Civilian Life:
Raymond was married to Norma Jean Reed on November 3, 1951 at the Nashwauk Lutheran Church in Nashwauk, Minnesota.
Survivors are his wife, Norma Jean; two daughters, Jeanne Ann and Susan Kay; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Erkeneff; and a brother, Richard.
Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Original-Block 30, Row 3, Lot 20)
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