Dr. Raymond W. Schlueter, age 88, of LaGrange Park died peacefully Monday, February 12, 2018. Dearly beloved husband of Karen (nee Allspach), devoted father of Raymond Scott (Masako) Schlueter, Jeffrey (Suzanne) Schlueter, and Jamie (Juergen) Pietzsch; cherished grandfather of Kaya Schlueter, William and Caroline Schlueter and Connor, Tayla, Colin, and Henry Pietzsch; dear brother of the late Robert (the late JoAnn), the late Ronald (Patricia), and the late Richard (Corinne) Schlueter. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Raymond then served in the US Army for two years in Germany. Following his military service he went to medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in 1961. He completed his internship and residency program in orthopedic surgery at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. While in Columbus he married Karen Allspach and they have enjoyed a 54 year marriage. He then returned to the Chicago area where he practiced medicine at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and later at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. He started an orthopedic residency program that had 44 students become orthopedic surgeons and the program is still going! After retirement he volunteered at Lawndale Christian Health Center for many years. Raymond served in the Army Reserve ending with over 20 years of total service retiring with the rank of Colonel. He was a member of the VFW and two times served as the Surgeon General of that organization. He loved to travel, play golf, fish and was an avid reader. Ray was a member both of The Circumnavigators Club and The Travelers Century Club. Visitation is Thursday February 15, from 3 until 9pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. In State on Friday February 16, from 8am until time of a 9am Funeral Service with Military Honors at Christ Church of Oak Brook, (Corner of 31st and York Rd.), Oak Brook. Private family internment will be at Ft. Sheridan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Plymouth Place or Christ Church of Oak Brook. Service info: (708) 352-6500 or please visit www.hjfunerals.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2018.