Raymond L. “Ray” English, 69, of Kewanee, died at 11:45 AM, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at his home.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Rev. Anthony Bernas. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with the rosary at 7:45 PM. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Ray English Memorial Fund.
He was born September 8, 1943 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Willy and Justine (Pratt) English. He married Hilda Medina on March 9, 1968 in Galesburg. She survives, as do his children, Martha S. (Marcelino) Rivera, Mario S. English, Michael (Terrie) English, Mark A. (Irene) English, Amanda L. (Mark) Lindhorst, Terre S. English, Scott F. English and Curtis W. (Jamie) English, a sister, Sandra (Carl) Hale, thirty-two grandchildren, thirty-seven great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and three god-children, whom he helped raise. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, David D. English, five brothers and five sisters.
Ray worked at John Deere Harvester, retiring after 41 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a hard worker who enjoyed cooking, barbecuing and watching Monday night wrestling. He especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. We will always love and miss you, God Bless him.