Raymond "Ray" F. Dornhecker, Jr.

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  • Name: Raymond "Ray" F. Dornhecker Jr.
  • Location of Birth: Blue Island, Illinois
  • Date of Birth: May 29, 1932
  • Date of Death: February 9, 2015 (82 years old)
  • Parents: Raymond Dornhecker and Martha (Eydel) Dornhecker
  • High School and Class: 1950 - Medaryville High School, Medaryville, Indiana
  • College: 1950-1951 - Indiana University
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  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: September, 1952
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  • Date of Discharge: September, 1956
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    Raymond enlisted in the United States Air Force in September, 1952 and was stationed in Korea and Tacoma, Washington. He was honorably discharged in September, 1956.

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  • Civilian Life:
    At the age of ten, Raymond's parents bought a farm at Medaryville, Indiana and they moved out of the city.

    He attended Center School in Cass Township until 8th grade, then went to Medaryville High School.

    Raymond was a member of the Lawrence Township American Legion at the time of his death.

    On October 17, 1953, Raymond married Marlene Carpenter in Medaryville, Indiana. After his discharge from the service they moved back to Medaryville, where they farmed and raised their family.

    In the early 80s, they moved to Sidney, Montana where Ray worked pumping wells for BWAB. They later retired to their lake home on North Star Lake in Itasca County. Ray loved to fish, play euchre and work in his woodworking shop. His children and grandchildren received many handmade items that will be cherished down through the generations.

    Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; son, Stephen, parents, Raymond and Martha; and in-laws, Lloyd and Nettie Carpenter

    He is survived by his daughter, Crystal (David) Hatter; sons, Mark (Brandy), Michael (Corinne); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Delores (Richard) Cupka and Diane (David) Bailey; brother-in-law, Robert (Rita) Carpenter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Ray died in Bigfork, Minnesota after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. A private memorial service was held with cremation following.

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