Ray Loris says “So long!”
On March 6, 2023, Ray moved on to the next chapter of his existence. Ray’s most recent chapter was a full one, starting on the northwest side of Chicago on March 19, 1929 with his parents, Peter and Anna, his older brother, Bill, and then later his younger brother, Emil. Ray grew up during The Depression and World War II, attending Scammon Elementary School and Lane Tech High School. His formative years were strongly affected by his experience with the Boy Scouts where Ray proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and many leadership positions.
Shortly after following his father into the tool and die trade, he met the love of his life, Dawn (Larsen). They married on February 11, 1951, where their first 2 years of wedded bliss were interrupted by Ray’s military service, including his 1 year deployment to Germany. Upon his return, they started a family and moved to Des Plaines, IL, where their family grew to include Bill, Jim, and Barb. Ray’s career evolved beyond tool and die shops to include manufacturing engineering and management positions at Motorola and S&C Electric, from which he retired in 1993. After raising their family in Des Plaines, Ray and Dawn moved to Mt. Prospect, and then to Huntley, IL for the past 20 years, with Ray all the while working very skillfully on his passion for building “things”, cultivating friendships, and making his wife giggle.
Ray is leaving behind a large group of people who are celebrating this wonderfully long chapter of his existence, including his wife, Dawn, his 3 children, Bill (Patty), Jim (Joyce), Barb Loris-Ballowe (Jim), 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Carole, 4 nieces, and many friends, both very longtime and recent new ones. But most importantly Ray is leaving his legacy of the Loris Humor, “Wanna see where a horse bit me?”
A celebration of Ray’s time with us will be scheduled at a later date.
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My heart & condolences go to you Dawn and to your whole loving family. I will surely miss Ray and the humor he gave me every time I’d walk my dog past their home. He seems like a jolly fellow all of the time. I’ve been praying for his well being. May he now rest in peace. And to Dawn please know your neighbors love you very much. We will be strong for you and with you always. May God bless each one of you.
I've known Ray for well over 15 years as we moved to Sun City in 2004. He was the first to help when we arrived! Our lives followed similar parallels and a stint with Uncle Sam was important to both of us. In fact, we were both contacted at the same time to participate in the next Honor Flight to Washington D.C. We Veterans had a lot of pride and both Ray and myself served during the Korean War! I wrote a story of that journey for Ray and myself for our archives! May Dawn and her family continue to live with the memories of a wonderful friend and neighbor. Rest in peace my friend. He was the best!!! Gunnar F. Hanson N9