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Raymond Nilles Obituary
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December 05, 2016

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December 05, 2016

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June 6, 2016
Sometimes the railroad grapevine doesn't work the way it should, but if it had - this is the story I would have brought to Aurora. I first met Ray back in 1961 when he was working for the CB&Q RR as a midnight crew caller. He had played football for St. Procopius College where he had earned Little All American honors as a guard. He was blessed with extremely fast reflexes; which, when combined with his size, made him a force to be reckoned with in other sports as well, except for perhaps - basketball. Much like a fourth is needed for a game of bridge, the CB&Q factory league basketball team of 1963 needed a fifth man or there would be a forfeit, and Ray was the one who answered the call. This was a rough league, and he was tested right away with an elbow to the head - which instinctively brought about a forearm response that put the tester flat on his back on the gym floor at Franklin Jr High. Ray wound up fouling out of the game midway through the 3rd quarter, but each and every foul was a thing of beauty that caused everybody in that gym to re-evaluate their definition of the word, tough. This story runs counter to the image of the Ray we all knew.as one of the gentlest, kindest human beings you could ever meet. But his was a unique DNA, and both traits were needed to excel at the elite level in which he played. We won't see anyone like him again in our lifetime, and he will be sadly missed.
June 6, 2016
Sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. My husband and I have know Larry for a lot of years through his first wife Clem and through the Tiger Club. I worked at the Blood Bank in Aurora with Clem for years. Larry was always lots of fun and will be fondly remembered. Love and hugs to the family, especially the children.
June 1, 2016
I'm a co-worker of Larry's, very sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a great guy, he will be greatly missed. His family and friends will be in my prayers.

Sincerely, Lisa Mahoney
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