Raymond Walter Laase, 84, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Beloved husband of 64 years to Nancy (Dolores Erickson) & loving father of nine children, Ray was born on Nov. 21, 1933 in Chicago, IL. He grew up in Chicago & was a 50-year resident of Hinsdale, IL before retiring to Tucson, AZ. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1951 & attended the University of Arizona. After meeting Nancy at the university in Tucson, the two married on Aug. 29, 1953 in Racine, WI.
Ray was a livestock buyer in the Chicago Stockyards & traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange & the Chicago Board of Trade. He was an avid outdoorsman & loved to spend his free time fishing and hunting with family & friends. Ray enjoyed traveling with Nancy around the world & the United States including a year in Alaska.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents Raymond William (1990) & Vera Emilia (Banach) (2007) & his brother William (Sandra) (2017). He is survived by his sister Sandra Rumsey (Richard) and brother Joseph (Christine) & children Clarice (Craig) Smithson, David (Kim), Cynthia (Neil) Krupicka, Julie Anne, Terri Anne (William) Robertson, Mary Jane (Stephen) Cashman, Suzanne (Mark) Caldwell, Jacqueline (Beau) Parrillo & Robert.
Ray is survived by his grandchildren Emily (Jeff) Irwin, John Smithson, Katherine Smithson, Makenzie Laase, Michael Laase, Adam (Jessica) Krupicka, Erica (Ryan) Conger, Lindsey (Tyler) Reichwald, Taylor Smith, Anne Robertson, William Robertson, Charles Cashman, Jane Cashman, Christian Caldwell, Henry Caldwell, Harrison Laase, Ruby Laase & Josephine Parrillo. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Charlotte & Claire Irwin, Miles & Jackson Krupicka and Edith& Benjamin Conger.
Visitation on Friday Jan. 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Fireplace Room at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. 4th St., Hinsdale, until the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salmon Unlimited Inc.