Raymond Walter Luther, 88 years of age

A Memorial Mass for Raymond W. Luther will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Military Honors will be provided following the Mass at the church by the Offutt U.S. Air Force Base Military Honor Guard. A private family inurnment will be held at the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Raymond Walter Luther, 88 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Ray was born February 27, 1925 at Indianola, Nebraska, the sixth of eleven children of Leo J. and Anna M. (Lennemann) Luther. He received his primary school in Indianola through the 8th grade and then attended high school in Curtis, Nebraska, graduating from the Nebraska School of Agriculture with the class of 1942. Ray then pursued higher education at McCook Jr. College in McCook, Nebraska and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

On August 4, 1944, he was inducted into the Army Air Force, serving his country as a pilot during WW II in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge on April 8, 1946. He was decorated with the World War II Victory Ribbon, Air Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and the China Liberation Medal.

On February 7, 1948 he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Carlson at Holdrege and to this union seven children were born: Teresa, Mary, Linda, Karen, Dana, Tom and Connie. At a young age, Ray followed in the footsteps of his father, learning the trade of meat packing. He was employed with his father, Leo at the Luther Locker and Packing Company in Holdrege. In 1949, Ray took over the family business as owner/operator until 1978 when he sold the business. He was then employed in advertising sales until his retirement.

Ray was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, was a 50 year member of the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in Holdrege and also served as Past Commander and was active with United Commercial Travelers for several years, as a 50 year member. Ray's hobbies through the years were golfing and playing cards, but most importantly he loved attending his grandchildren's activities.

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