Raymond F. Koenig went to meet his beloved Lord and Savior at 3:40 am, July 25, 2013, after being ill for eight months.
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He was born on Nov., 14, 1919, in Piqua, KS, the son of Frederick Conrad Koenig and Helena Mary Westerman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Coletta Mary Koenig, and brothers, Francis Joseph, Paul John, and Thomas Charles, and survived by sisters Charleen Koenig RSM of Burlingame CA., and Dolores Moniz of Fair Oaks, CA.
He is also survived by nephews and nieces Francis and Mark (Diane) Koenig, Paula (Tom) Hopper, Patrick and Michael (Corinne) Koenig, Pamela (Ron) Makelke, Christopher (Wendy) and Gregory Moniz, Jacqueline (Joe) Foley and Matthew (Nikki) Koenig. Also, numerous grand nephews and nieces.
He graduated from St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School, 1932 and Lodi Union High School, 1936 in Lodi, CA.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 23, 1942 and served in the 222th Field Artillery Battalion as a Corporal. He was honorable discharged on October 18, 1945 after receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.
Battles and Campaigns to his credit were the Bismarck Archipelago, Southern Philippines, and Luzon as a Heavy Machine Gunner 605.
He was very proud of his military service and that he was privileged to fight for his beloved country.
Prior to his military service he was a brakeman on the railroad working out of Tracy, CA. After returning from military service he worked for San Joaquin County as a dairyman at French Camp CA. In his final years of employment with the County he was transferred and worked at Micke Grove Park, in Lodi, CA. He had approximately thirty nine years of employment with the county retiring in 1984.
He was a life long practicing Catholic and attended St. Christopher's church in Galt since 1978.
He attended the Galt Senior Center for Meals on Wheels and volunteered there for the past 27 years.
Visitation will be Tuesday the 30th from 3pm to 7pm at Zapata Funeral Home and Mortuary 702 B Street, Galt, CA. 95632.
Funeral services will start on Wednesday at 9:30am with the rosary, Mass will follow at 10am, both at St. Christopher's Church 950 So. Lincoln Way, Galt, CA. 95632.
Internment will follow Holy Mass at Cherokee Memorial Park veteran's section Hwy. 99 at Harney Ln.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Christopher's Church or to a
May your soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, AMEN.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 27 to Aug. 6, 2013