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Raymond Harold Reed

January 1, 1927 ~ September 20, 2020 (age 93)


Ray was the stereotypical ornery old Norwegian (you would be hard pressed to find someone to disagree).  He grew up in Wrenshall, Minnesota on a farm he shared with his parents William and Randi, and siblings Frank, Lloyd (Bud), Floyd, Gina, Phil, Clarice, Bill and Cliff.  He roamed the countryside and hunted the hills and firmly lodged a piece of his heart there.  Ray served a stint in the Navy on the USS Cabot at the tail end of WWII.  He saw no combat but cruised the world. After completing his naval tour, he eventually returned home to Wrenshall. He was well on his way to becoming the stereotypical old Norwegian bachelor, but at 42 married Irene and they started building a new life together. 

Ray and Irene moved to Pike Lake where they raised two kids, Matt and Jane.  He taught them to work hard, to be honest, and to appreciate what’s important in life: being playful and having fun.  At 56, his longtime employer, Minnesota Power, bought out his contract and he retired to his woods and his garages and his vegetable garden.  Ray was content.

Despite his tough exterior, Ray had a good heart and was filled with mischief.  It wasn’t uncommon for him to be the instigator of water and snow fights. And he was always cracking little jokes, gently teasing and trying to cajole a smile.  Tired of hunting, he loved watching the deer and the critters, and was always happy to sit down to one of Irene’s good homemade meals.

At 93 years old Ray was ready to go.  He missed Irene, had lived his life, and was tired.  And the universe granted him his wish.  Ray died after a short stay under the excellent care of St. Luke’s hospice (his first visit to a doctor of any kind since WWII!) Those wishing him goodbye include Matt, his wife Jennifer and their kids Jocelyn and Jillian, Jane and her fella Rick Kollath, Sister Clarice (Jim) Feigleson, brothers William (Barbara) and Clifford (Deanie), sister-in-law Betty Lamppa, and piles of nieces and nephews. 

Ray was a solitary guy.  In lieu of a service, we ask you to take solace in the woods, through the swing of an axe, or by enjoying a good meal with someone you love.  Enjoy some photos of Ray at

We love you Ray. Safe travels.

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