Raymond John Monsoor, Sr., 90

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Raymond John Monsoor, Sr., 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully Saturday evening, Aug. 8, 2015.



Ray was born May 16, 1925, to Michael and Turkia (Swayden) Monsoor in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He received his education at Aquinas High School and entered the United States Navy at age 17. Ray proudly served his county aboard the USS Coffer during WWII. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he met the love of his life Anita Kathleen Semmen, at the Avalon Ballroom in LaCrosse and they were married on Nov. 15, 1950. Ray owned and operated Monsoor Superette in LaCrosse before moving to Austin in 1967. In Austin, he was a salesman for McKesson and Robbins. Ray was a life member of  the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, baseball and horseback riding. He also loved to dance and was a Golden Glove Boxer. Ray loved cooking for his family and friends and wouldn’t pass up a Lebanese meal. It was said the party did not start until Ray Monsoor showed up. He truly enjoyed being with friends and especially his family.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Anita Kathleen Monsoor; three children: Bill (Cathy) Monsoor, Becky Cassidy and Ray Monsoor, Jr.; four grandchildren: John (Martina) Cassidy, Megan (Karl) Cassidy, Katie Monsoor and Joseph (fiancé, Toni Krynski) Monsoor; four great-grandchildren: Ciana, Joseph, Edward and Quinn; a sister, Elizabeth “Toots” Berry; and brother George Monsoor both of California; many nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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He was preceded in death by parents; four brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the Worlein Funeral Home. Military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91 will follow the service. Interment will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.