Raymond “Ray” Lloyd Leischke, age 87, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather went home to heaven on Monday, May 26th, surrounded by his family at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Ray was born February 17, 1927, to Karl and Rose (Ugen) Leischke. At the age of 17, Ray joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving during WWII. During the war, he served as a Seaman Second Class on the U.S.S. Pecos, a fuel tanker off the coast of Japan. On May 20, 1950, he married Geraldine “Gerrie” Loyear and together they had four children. Gerrie passed away in 1978. In September, 1979, Ray married Lois Chase.
Ray worked as a Duluth Police Officer for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, gardening, and life in the country.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Rose; brother, Henry “Hank”; sister, Evelyn Linskie, and his first wife, Geraldine.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lois; daughters Claudia (Greg) Kamp; Kris (Ron) Wagner; Lauren “Punky” (Steve) Young; son Peter (Sarah) Leischke; and step-son, Greg Haynes. Ray was blessed with and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, Conan, Alan, Jared, Justin, Jana, Becky, Sarah, Zach, Lauren, Jeremiah, Megan, Tara and Jenna and ten great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Paaso and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM with prayers at 6:30PM Thursday, May 29, 2014 in the Dougherty Funeral Home Chapel and will continue in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial.
Military honors accorded the Duluth Honor Guard.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Duluth.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the Essentia Health Hospice and the Solvay Hospice House for the care and compassion they provided for Ray.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN.