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Raymond Kristufek


1931 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Raymond Kristufek Obituary
Born 28 Oct 1931. Died 12 Sep 2013 Husband of Betty Jane Kristufek (nee Buckley) Father of Michael, Genie (Motto), Joseph and Judy. Grandfather of Elizabeth Smidth, Zachary, Katelyn Rasmussen, Brittany Rasmussen, Amanda Krall and Luke Motto. Great-Grandfather of Richard Zaborowski and Sophia Burrows. Brother of Roberta Wunderlin and Martha Odin. Raymond graduated from University of Illinois and after graduation, entered the Army. Newly married, he and Betty started their wedded life together stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Taking advantage of their location, they explored the State every opportunity they could. Their time there started a love for Southern Missouri that brought them back for the rest of their lives. Ray retired from truck driving. His career choice afforded him the unique ability to see the world in the manner he so loved. Window open and always taking the road less traveled. His desire to see new things was shadowed only by his need to share his adventures with his family and anyone that showed an interest. His strength was built on a foundation of faith and love of life. He put others needs well in front of his own. His penchant for children started at a very young age when at age 6, he would ask his mother for a baby brother or sister. Ray and Betty's desire to have children was so great, that unable to conceive, they adopted four extremely fortunate children. Ray was a founding member in the creation and operation of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Protection District. He served as Lieutenant and Chief Engineer and went on numerous adventures to bring in new and used equipment to the firehouse. He drove a new ambulance from Texas as well as driving a new LaFrance pumper from New York to the firehouse. His time there was extremely rewarding to him. Raymond has been a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Downers Grove. He was very active in the youth program, The Happening. He has volunteered at St. Joseph's food pantry for many years. He had also volunteered at PADS. He volunteered at St. James Farm in DuPage County, since it opened as a park district property as he had worked on the farm as a youth starting in 1945. His roles there included numerous duties but perhaps his favorite was letting people know how the farm operated when he worked summers there. Raymond has been active in his condo association working various jobs to assist in helping his neighbors. His civic and moral philanthropy reflected the morals and values that he lived by.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2013
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