Raymond O. Lescelius, 86, went home peacefully to be with our Father in heaven on March 16, 2021 from his home in North Aurora. A descendent of Finnish immigrants who settled in the Copper Country area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the late 1890s, Ray was born July 9, 1934, in Keweenaw Bay, Michigan to Onnie Armas and Elsie Delervo (Karvonen) Lescelius. While serving in the National Guard, Ray graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1957. On July 25, 1959, Ray married his true love, Lois I. Klemett in Hancock, Michigan. Ray and Lois moved to the Chicago area where they raised their family and Ray made a lifetime career as an Engineering Manager for Kraft. In their retirement years, Ray and Lois enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren grow while traveling, joining the ecosystem studies at Yellowstone National Park, fishing and spending time at the family Kamp in the UP of Michigan. Raymond was instrumental in preserving the Finnish culture in his work with the Finnish-American society and holds a medal from the Honorary Consulate of Finland in recognition of his efforts. Ray was also a proud member of the Board of Trustees for Finlandia University. Ray considered it a great joy to serve the Lord and as active members of St. Paul Lutheran church since 1963, have developed many meaningful friendships there.
Raymond is survived by: his wife of 61 years, Lois; children, Kevin Lescelius and wife Loretta of Chicago, Karl Lescelius and wife Kimberly of Glen Ellyn Countryside, and grandchildren Nathan Lescelius and Emily Lescelius.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth.
A service celebrating Ray’s life will be held at Bethlehem Church, St. Charles, IL on Saturday May 1st at 1pm CST with Pastor Zach and Pastor Sarah officiating. Bethlehem Lutheran Church has limited seating and will require pre-registration for close friends and family. For those who are not able to attend are encouraged to join the live stream service by contacting the family for a private link. Please note, there will not be any visitation or luncheon due to restrictions. Burial will be at Keweenaw Bay cemetery at a later date to be determined.
Let us all find comfort that our life is hidden with Christ in God.
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