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From: "Michelle" <>
Subject: [US-OBITS] Vos, Raymond John, Albany, MN 7-30-2003
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2004 15:54:57 -0500


The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Raymond John Vos, age 83, of Albany, was Wednesday, July 30, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Burial was in the Seven Dolors Parish Cemetery. Raymond died suddenly on Saturday morning, July 26, at the Albany Area Hospital.

Raymond was born April 6, 1920, in St. Anthony, Krain Township, to Anton and Rose (Mader) Vos. He lived in the St. Anthony area until moving to California in the late 1930s. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew many W.W.II missions and was wounded on his third mission over Romania. On June 16, 1944, he was captured by the Germans and placed in a POW Camp. In May of 1945, his camp was liberated and he, along with other prisoners, were released. In September of 1984, on his 64th birthday, Ray received the Purple Heart that he was to receive in 1951. Three years later, in 1987, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Ray moved back to the St. Anthony area.

Ray married Marie Hiltner on October 19, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. They farmed together until moving to Albany in 1997. Ray also held some interesting part time jobs, working as a carpenter with Cremers Construction, as the County Assessor, working with Albany Fire Insurance, at Gretsch Garage and as the Krain Township road grader.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marie, Albany; and children, Glenn (Joan) Vos of Avon, Janet (Roger) Blenker of Avon, Janice (Ken) Linn of St. Cloud, Mary Lou (Tom) Groetsch of Avon, Marlene (Scott) Dallman of Cokato, Bev (John) Overman of Albany, Bonnie (Randy) Karsch of Albany and Neal Vos of St. Cloud.

He is also survived by his sisters, Cecilia Vos of Mankato, RoseMary Gasper of Milwaukee, Wis., Odelia Braden of Bloomer, Wis., Tillie Ebnet of Holdingford; brother, Gregor Vos of West Bend, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sylvester and Nick; sisters, Hedwig Baier and Dorothy Rose; brother-in-law, Richard Braden; sister-in-law, Rita Vos; and granddaughter, Rachel Dallman.

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