Raymond L. St. Ores, 88Raymond L. St. Ores, age 88, of Hudson, Wis., died on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, Wis.
Raymond L. St. Ores, age 88, of Hudson, Wis., died on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, Wis.
Ray was born July 6, 1924, in Hudson, to parents Rufus and Olga (Hough) St. Ores. Ray grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson High School. After high school, Ray proudly served his country during WWII in the European Theater with the United States Army Air Corps. He would be united in marriage to Joan McDonald on Dec. 26, 1946. Their union in marriage would be blessed with a son, Jeff.
After WWII, Ray went to UW-Madison, where he learned from some of the best ecologists and environmentalists in the world, including Aldo Leopold, considered the "Father of Modern Game Management." Ray earned his degree in wildlife biology and began working with the National Wildlife Refuges Management in the 1950s for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ray also became active in, and served as the president of, the International Trumpeter Swan Society. His life's work revolved around wetlands, waterfowl, and the environment.
Outside of work, Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing and was active in many areas in his community of Hudson as well. He volunteered and served as president of the Phipps Center for the Arts, sang in the St. Patrick's Church Choir and was chorus director of the St. Croix Valley Barbershoppers, past president of the Catholic PTA, and also served on the Hudson Park Board.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his beloved dog, Angus; and four brothers, Rufus "Irv," Alan, Eugene, and John "Jack" St. Ores.
Ray is survived by his son, Jeff; brother Dale (Carol) St. Ores; sister, Muriel Thorson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond L. St. Ores will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, with Rev. Fr. Patrick McDonnell officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and be held 2 hours prior to services at the church.
Services have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and the O'Connell's Countryside Crematory, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
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