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Remas "Raye" E. Balderston

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Remas "Raye" E. Balderston

June 29, 1923 - Nov. 10, 2013

SPICER - Remas "Raye" E. Balderston age 90 of Spicer, died on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in rural Spicer. Burial will be in the church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-7:00 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Home in New London and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. www.hafh.org

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Remas "Raye" Ernest Balderston was born on June 29, 1923, in Lancaster, MN, the son of Ernest and Florence (Fitzgerald) Balderston. He grew up on the family farm and attended a small country school close to his home. After his schooling Raye went to work in a CCC Camp as a cook. On October 30, 1945 Raye entered the United States Air Force. He served his country during World War II. On December 3, 1946 Raye was honorably discharged. He then moved back to Olivia to help his sisters family farm.

On October 7, 1947, Raye was united in marriage to Arlene Shamla at St. Marys Catholic Church in Bird Island. This union was blessed with four sons. The family made their home in rural Olivia where Raye farmed. Raye retired in 1985, and in 1988 he and Arlene moved to their retirement home in Spicer.

Raye was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in rural Spicer. He was also a member of the New London American Legion Post #537, and the Disabled American Veterans in Willmar. Ray loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed processing and smoking meat, traveling, playing cards, and to BS.

Remas "Raye" E. Balderston died on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene; sons, Michael (Virginia) of Arlington, SD; Kenneth (Catherine) of Olivia, Bernie (Norma) of Olivia, and Thomas (Sandy) of Olivia; 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and a great-great grandson. He is also survived by his sister, Faye Lyberg of Lancaster, and many nieces and nephews. Raye was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Hedy Balderston; six sisters; and a brother.

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