Raymond J. Boelke
Raymond J. Boelke
  • February 9, 1935 - November 21, 2017
  • Illinois

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Raymond J. Boelke, Jr., died peacefully Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at his residence.
Born in Evanston, IL, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Britz Boelke and Raymond J. Boelke, Sr. Raymond served his country proudly in the Army National Guard Reserves of Illinois. He spent his entire career with General Motors, graduating from GMI, managing Field Service Engineering in many US regions, and ultimately managing the Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Division's Service Technology Group in Detroit MI, retiring in 1992 to Pawleys Island, SC. Ray was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus town council #3067 of Georgetown, SC, and was a member of St. Mary's Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Georgetown, SC. He enjoyed his Church Family and singing in the choir. He loved and collected music, especially Dixieland jazz and gospel. He enjoyed playing the organ, golf, and was an avid car enthusiast. His hobbies included making stained glass artwork and golf clubs for Arjay Golf. Raymond enjoyed life filled with laughter and people. His most precious accomplishment was his family.
Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Mary A. Schwarz Boelke; children, Gregory (Barbara) Boelke, Lisa (Bill) Unger, Gary (Darlene) Boelke and Krista (Barry) Greco; grandchildren Joe (Sonia) Boelke, Renee Dave) Stoeckman, Blake (Patricia) Boelke, Bridget Boelke, Austin Greco and Jack Greco; great-grandchildren Nora Boelke, Charley Boelke and Haylea Stoeckman; a sister, Marilyn Boelke Milewski (Ron) and brother Robert (Janita) Boelke.
Family and friends will gather at St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 9:30AM for a funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Georgetown SC, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tidelands Hospice, www.tidelandshospice.org or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org