Raymond David Gleason, age 93, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2023. He was the youngest son of John and Mary Jane Gleason of Stanton Township.
Family members predeceasing Ray include his parents; seven brothers (Edward, Irven, Harvey, William, Kenneth, Marcel, Walter); and five sisters (Adeline Peskar, Mercedes Nelson, Josephine Kennedy, Margaret Rowe, Mary Jane Mack).
Ray is survived by Donna Gleason and their five children: Janine (Kurt Winkelmann); Dave (Cindy); Deb (Jesse Pereira); Kathy (Jim Campbell); Patti (Bill Varwig); eight grandchildren (Daniel, Lindsay, Michael, Alex, Jackson, Julian, Chandler, Blair); four great-grandchildren (Dylan, Alleigh, Carter, Mackenzie); one sister Eleanor Madsen; brother-in-law Paul Mack; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you goes to: the staff and caregivers at The Deerfield in New Richmond and The Hammond Heritage Center; to Ray’s long-time lunch partner Steve Bethke; and to Ray’s pool partner and partner-in-crime Charlotte Gillen—although to be clear, no banks were actually robbed. Their kindness always meant so much.
Funny, generous, ambitious, unpretentious. Providing support when it was needed. Ray’s passions were his family and his farm. He touched many lives and will be dearly missed by those who loved him.
A Celebration of Ray’s Life was held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 5 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Ave New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. Visitation was also on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 3-5 pm at the funeral home. Private interment was in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery in the town of Stanton, St. Croix County, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.
Click here to watch the recording of Ray’s service
One of my most favorite uncles, he will be greatly missed, my prayers go out to his family. I will definitely miss all of uncle Ray’s great stories.
Uncle Ray was absolutely hilarious and the most fun loving character of a man. Whenever he would come visit us he’d always regale us with stories of his recent run in’s! (If you knew him, you know the stories of his run in’s) LOL I loved
him dearly. He told us stories about his boxing
days and give us full accounts of his race up to see us.
Wish I would have gotten to see more of you, but I know we’ll see each other again on the other side.
Uncle Ray had great stories and humor – we will miss him a lot. He always was fun loving (“trouble making”) with my Dad, his brother, Walter. Ray will be missed by his family, friends and care takers. Take care and have some fun with your brothers and sisters in heaven.
Ray was my friend and classmate, Janine’s, father. I have countless wonderful memories of their farm; the sleepovers, dogs, cats, cows… all the animals. Ray was engaging, smart and so funny. He was one of a kind and will be missed.
Thank you, Kristi. ❤️ I have so many special memories of those carefree summer days.
Indeed we do. The photos you sent me of is she Marilyn are priceless to me. I always liked your Dad. I’ll never forget how concerned he was when he thought I was lost in the cornfield. I’m sure he wanted to send me straight home!