Raymond R. Valek,100 - revised obit

Raymond R. Valek, age 100 of Lonsdale passed away surrounded by his family at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital after a short illness on February 2, 2018.
He was born in Wheatland Township May 25, 1917 on the farm of his parents, Frank and Frances (Sticha) Valek, and married Mayme Kocina February 14, 1938. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Lonsdale and the University of Minnesota and then dairy farmed until retirement when he moved to Lonsdale. An inverate fixer and a tinkerer, he worked at the New Prague Co-op as a mechanic a number of years. He loved old time music and was a drummer for more than 80 years and played with many area bands and the New Prague Concertina Club. He was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and the Lonsdale Senior citizens. He loved traveling and in later years card playing with his friends at the Whistlestop and riding around town on his electric scooter.
Preceded in death by wife, Mayme in 1985; son, Arnold; granddaughter, Frances Merwin; sisters, Marion Jirik and Carolyn Kes. Survived by children, Shirley (Gilbert) Schoenbauer, Rita (Mel Strunk) Marquette and Janet (Roger) Wimpsett; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brother-in-law Archie Kocina; also by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday, February 9, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lonsdale, MN. Visitation Thursday, February 8 from 4-8 PM at White Funeral Home in Lonsdale and also Friday starting at 10 AM at the funeral home. Interment, Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Immaculate Conception Church, the MN Music Hall of Fame, or own choice.
White Funeral Home Lonsdale 507-744-2368.

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