Raymond Lewis Ihrke, 96

Published 8:39 am Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Raymond Lewis Ihrke, 96

Raymond Lewis Ihrke, 96, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at The Cedars of Austin, Minnesota.Raymond was born to Niles and Rosa Ihrke on May 12, 1922, in Lake City, Iowa.

Raymond married Viola Karges on Nov. 23, 1944, in Lake City. In 1962, Ray and Viola moved to Dexter, Minnesota, where they farmed north of town until 1976, when they sold the farm and moved into Dexter. In 1984, they moved to Brownsdale, Minnesota, where Ray worked for Don Akkerman, Countryside Farm Supply, and the Brownsdale Elevator. Ray and Viola celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November 2009.

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Raymond is survived by his son, Bill (Joy) Ihrke of Dexter; grandchildren, Tristan (Caesar) Torres and Amber (Syd) Schramm; and four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Evan, Cale and Sadie.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Ihrke; wife, Viola; and daughter, Rozanne Sweeney.

A private family service will be held later in the spring. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield, Minnesota, is assisting with arrangements.