Raymond R. Jorgensen, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, September 12, 2008, following a courageous battle with cancer.
A lifetime resident, Ray was born in Racine on October 15, 1938, to the late Raymond and Madeline (nee: Sovich) Jorgensen. He attended William Horlick High School. Ray was employed for over 42 years as a millwright specialist at Jacobsen Mfg., retiring in 2000.
On August 31, 1960, in Waukegan, IL, Ray was united in marriage with the love of his life, Patricia Boyd.
Following retirement, Ray was a tireless volunteer for “Toys for Tots,” helping to enhance the lives of countless children throughout our community. Among his interests, Ray enjoyed deer hunting, vacationing with Pat in Mexico, playing cards and Trivial Pursuit. Above all, Ray loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family.
Surviving are his loving wife of over 48 years, Patricia Jorgensen; their children, Terry L. (Richard) Kropp, Wendy A. (David) Ritacco, Patty E. Jorgensen and Gregory R. (Serena) Jorgensen; grandchildren, Adam and Eric Kropp; Casey E. Madden; Tony, Raymond and Vinny Ritacco; sister, Betty (Don) Kannenberg; brother, Bill (Debra) Jorgensen; lifelong friends, John and Carol Usa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including his extended family at “The Boiler Room.”
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by Patricia’s parents, Lucreta and Basil Boyd; his grandparents; sister-in-law, Diane Boyd; brothers-in-law, Gilbert Marweg and Myron Manders; and nephew, Jeffery Manders.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at noon. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. – noon. In accordance with Ray’s wishes, cremation will follow the services. In memory of Ray, memorials to the CAP Fund (for abused children) has been suggested.
A special note of thanks to Dr. Michael P. Mullane and to Hospice Alliance for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended during Ray’s time of need; and to all of our wonderful friends for being there for us with your many acts of kindness. God bless all of you!
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000