Raymond “Ray” Michael Jilek, age 91, of Glencoe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Rich Valley Township, McLeod County, Silver Lake; the son of Frank and Frances (Bednar) Jilek. Raymond was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth.
He attended District 29 Country School through the eighth grade, and graduated with the class of 1942 at Stevens Seminary in Glencoe.
Raymond was united in marriage to Alice Marie Sept. 26, 1944, at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Holy Family) in Silver Lake. Their marriage was blessed with 10 children: Carol, Betty, Larry, Brad, Jim, Mick, Sandi, Mike, Steve and Kim; and they shared over 71 years of marriage.
Raymond and Alice made their home in Glencoe, and Cokato.
Ray was a farmer and resided just north of Glencoe for over 25 years, raising crops, dairy cattle and other livestock to feed the family. Also, he was a substitute postal service mail carrier for over 20 years.
He then went to work at Faribault Foods (Northland Canning), managing their field crop operations, and retired in 1988.
Ray was an active member at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree.
A hardworking family man and committed husband, Ray enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading, card playing, woodworking, and household projects. He was a skilled “fix-it” guy, and known for lending a helping hand to family, neighbors, and friends. Ray made time for and made it a priority to spend time with his family and friends.
A physically tough man, Ray beat stomach and colon cancer when he was 66 years of age. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of perseverance, determination, and putting family first.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Alice Jilek of Glencoe; and his children: Carol Traen and her husband, Ray, of Moneta, VA, Betty Hein of Henderson, NV, Larry Jilek and his wife, Carol, of Big Lake, Brad Jilek and his wife, Shelley, of Caledonia, Jim Jilek and his wife, Marlene, of North Mankato, Mick Weir and her husband, Terry, of Eden Prairie, Mike Jilek and his wife Angela, of Wayzata, Steve Jilek and his wife, Brenda, of Bloomington, and Kim Zierden of Minneapolis.
He is further survived by 22 grandchildren; Julie, Greg, Jeff, Holly, Tricia, Sarah, Ben, Pat, Kristina, Bob, Erin, Anna, Kelly, Laura, Megan, Reid, Scott, Ashley, Mitch, Caroline, Samantha and Jon; and 19 great-grandchildren; Jessie, Sarah, Lauren, Cailee, Jake, Jordan, Matthew, Jackson, Joey, Rio, Ally, Libby, Rylan, Hudson, Avery, Lucy, Jack, Liv and Luke Raymond.
In addition, Ray is survived by his brother, John Jilek and his wife, Rosie, of Glencoe; half siblings, Mary Jo McKenzie of Shakopee, and Jerry Zajicek and his wife, Karen, of Hutchinson; sister-in-law Laurina Zajicek of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Jilek; step father and mother, Henry Zajicek and his wife, Frances; daughter, Sandi Wolff; half brothers, Joseph Zajicek, and Henry Zajicek; sister-in-law Janet Zajicek; and brother-in-law Allen McKenzie.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake. Father Anthony Stubeda celebrated the Mass; Sue Mielke was the organist. Song leaders were Gus and Irene Makovsky. Musical selections included “Here I Am Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Let There Be Peace On Earth.” Luane Mickolichek was the urn bearer.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.