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 Lescelius; 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
Due to unforseen circumstances the service for Ray Lescelius, scheduled for this Saturday, April 3, has been postponed. New service date, time, and other information will be shared when available. Thank you for understanding.
Burial will be at Keweenaw Bay cemetery at a later date to be determined.
Let us all find comfort in the Easter promise that is always standing before us.
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