JOHNSBURG – Raymond Thelen Sr., a lifetime resident of Johnsburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in his home after years of dedicated and loving care by his loyal and devoted wife.
He was born Dec. 22, 1930, in McHenry, to John and Agatha (nee Schmidt) Thelen.
Raymond was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was in a business partnership with his brother, Vern, as owners and operators of Thelen Sand & Gravel. He was active in many business associations, along with the community and his parish. He loved his family and enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing, unicycling and piloting small planes. He took great pleasure in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they loved him and will miss him dearly.
Raymond will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Rosemary, with whom he was united in marriage on June 23, 1951; his dear children, Ray (Michelle) Thelen Jr. of Arizona, Christine (John) Nobilio of Johnsburg, Patti Thelen and friend Mary Nowakowski of Twin Lakes, Wis.; grandchildren, Kelly (Darran), Sara (John), Josh (Courtney), Jake (Heidi), Brittany, Kate, Kelsey, Ray III, Troy (Kim), Chase (Tori), Jenna, Christian and Tanner; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Jayden, Lexi, Xander, Jeremy, Jack, Mabel and Emma; sisters, Luella (the late Jim) Hunter of McHenry and Lucina (John) Skinner of California; sisters-in-law, Bunny Thelen, Vi Weyrauch of Crystal Lake and Ann (Hank) Stawarski of Bellwood; brother-in-law, Al (June) Ripani of Arizona; and many other loving relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rosemarie Rose; his parents; brother, Vern; nephews, Joey, Harold and Jack; brother- in-law, Don Weyrauch; and in-laws, Umberto and Rose Ripani.
The visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at K.K. Hamsher Funeral Home, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2302 W. Church St., Johnsburg. All are invited to meet at the church.
Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials in Raymond's name can be made to St. John's Roof Restoration Fund.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-587-2100 or visit www.kkhamsherfuneralhome.com.