Raphael “Ray” Marks, 94, of Milroy, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Prairie View Health Care Center in Tracy. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.


 

Raphael “Ray” Marks, 94, of Milroy, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Prairie View Health Care Center in Tracy. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso. Raphael “Ray” Arthur Marks was born on October 26, 1917 on a farm near Milroy in Westline Township, Redwood County to Arthur and Hubertina “Tina” (Lennard) Marks. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, serving as an altar server. He attended country school District #43 and Milroy High School. Ray played football and graduated as Salutatorian of his class. He farmed on the home place with his brother Donald for two years and then on his own. He married Evelyn Julia Zajic of Lucan on June 11, 1945. He and Evelyn created eight sons and two daughters. He enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with the grandchildren, writing poems, reading history, photography, and watching baseball and football. Ray passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Prairie View Health Care Center in Tracy attaining the age of 94 years, one month and 19 days.  He is survived by his wife Evelyn, children; Roger (Delores) of Brainerd, David of Marshall, Thomas of Milroy, Steven (Kathy) of Northfield, Leonard of New Ulm, Jerald (Bonnie) of Balaton, James of Tracy, Kenneth (Lynette) of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Robert) of Fairbanks, AK and Catherine (Nathan) of Osseo, 29 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Mary Rolland and Margaret Frost, five brothers: Reverend William, Donald, Jake, John, and Aloise.  Blessed be his memory.