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Raymond M. Fritzen

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Raymond M. Fritzen Obituary
Raymond M. Fritzen, an Alamogordo resident since 1978, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. He was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Beatrice, Neb., to Lammert J. and Bertha Katherina (Paben) Fritzen.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Fritzen, of the family home; son Gary R. Fritzen, of West Hollywood, Calif.; stepson Steven F. Whitaker and his wife, Margo, of Clearwater, Fla.; brothers Tobias G. Fritzen, of Diller, Neb., Lenhart Fritzen and his wife, Helen, of Beatrice, and Lavern Fritzen and his wife, Irene, of Beatrice; and sister Engel Lena Johnson, of Beatrice.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lammert and Bertha Fritzen; daughter Laurie Diane Fritzen; brothers John L. Fritzen and Johann T. Fritzen; and sister Marie Fritzen Stevens.
Mr. Fritzen was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant, with 20 years of service, in 1973. He was a Vietnam War veteran and received the Bronze Star Medal with a "V" Device for valor while on duty during a rocket attack at Danang Air Force Base in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the Department of Defense as an aerospace quality assurance inspector. He was assigned to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, for 18 months.
While Ray and Joyce were living in the Holy Land, they had the opportunity to visit all the Holy Sites of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ray's life was blessed with blessing upon blessing. He loved his Lord, adored his family and served his country with honor and love. Ray met and married his wife, Joyce, in Sumter, S.C. They traveled in their motor home compiling information for the genealogy of both families.
Ray was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Elks Lodge and the Traveling Elks Club.
He was diagnosed with myleofibrosis in 2007. He became a participant in clinical research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in December 2010. His hope was that his small part in this research would someday bring hope and life to patients with this rare bone marrow disease.
A memorial service to celebrate Ray's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at his beloved Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1212 Washington Ave., Alamogordo, with the Rev. Bruce J. Freeman officiating. The family invites all who knew Ray to come, and all are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church. As we grieve Ray's death, fill us, Lord, with your love and peace.
The Fritzen family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 27 to Nov. 27, 2011
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