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Raymond Klacan - Class Of 1953

Raymond P. Klacan, 74, passed away from this life into Eternal Life at his home on January 20, 2010, with family at his side following a long and courageous battle with heart disease.

Ray was born in Kenosha on April 17, 1935, to the late George and Alma Klacan, Sr.  He was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School, Class of 1953.  He faithfully served our country with the United States Army in Fairbanks, Alaska during the Korean Conflict from 1954 until 1956.

On August  24, 1957, in Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church - Kenosha, Ray was united in marriage with the love of his life, Delores Ann 'Dee' Hallers.  He was employed by the City of Racine, retiring as City Forester when his health began to fail in 1983.  Ray was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer for over 40 years and the City of Racine 20-Year Club.  Among his interests, he enjoyed hunting; fishing; wood carving, especially ducks, song birds, and birds of prey; worldwide traveling and cruising with Dee; and appreciating the beauty of Mother Nature's woods and lakes that surrounded his home in Northern Wisconsin.

Above all, Ray loved being in the surroundings of his entire family. Surviving are his loving wife of over 52 years, Dee; their daughters, Chris (John) Poorman of Raymond, Sue (Dave) Madsen of Caledonia, and Julie (Chuck) Sauvageau of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) O'Brien and Dale and Kayla Kropidlowski; great-granddaughter, Adelyn Rae O'Brien; brother, George (Mary) Klacan Jr.; sister, Karen Eue; sister-in-law, Shirley (George) Schwartz; aunt, Josephine Nance; special canine Doberman, 'Greta'; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by Dee's parents, Margaret and Noble Hallers; brother-in-law, Kenneth Hallers; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Memorial service was held at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on January 25, 2010, with Rev. Molly L. Doreza officiating.  Entombment with Military Honors followed at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Published in Racine Journal Times on January 23, 2010