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12/5/2012 11:30:00 AM
Raymond Spayer
Raymond Spayer
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Raymond Spayer

Raymond S. Spayer, 95, of DePue died at 9 p.m. Dec. 3, 2012, in the Illinois Veterans Home at La Salle, where he had resided for five years.

Prayers will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Barto Funeral Home, DePue, followed by Mass of Christian burial at noon in St. Mary Catholic Church, DePue. The Rev. Kevin Creegan will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, DePue, with full military rites by Ladd American Legion.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday in the funeral home.

Mr. Spayer was born July 6, 1917, in DePue to Stanley and Mary (Studginski) Spayer. He married Clara Daugherty on July 18, 1953, in St. Mary Church, DePue.
Staff Sgt. Raymond S. Spayer was a heavily decorated tank commander in World War II. Ray was drafted on July 28, 1941, at age 24. His service with the 7th Armored Division and for his country was under the leadership of Gen. George Patton. His military journey took him through Omaha Beach, Normandy, Chartres, Rheims and Verdun. Ray returned home on Sept. 30, 1945, his heroism to his county rewarded with three Purple Hearts (he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge), Bronze Star with Valor, French Verdun Medal, Victory Medal, Belgian Fourragere with Red Lanyard Cord and the Netherlands Resistance Cross. 

He worked at New Jersey Zinc Co. in DePue and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DePue and DePue VFW.

Survivors are three daughters, Rita (Greg) Colmone of Oglesby, Mary Kay (Patrick) Daugherty of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Sheila (Jeff) Weisensel of Glenview; eight grandchildren, Jason and Chad Merriman; Brett, Katherine and Elizabeth Rae Daugherty; Hunter Ray, Connor and Owen Weisensel; one great-grandson, Cole Merriman; one brother, Stanley Spayer of DePue; one sister, Betty (James) Kastello of Dalzell; and one sister-in-law, Katherine Spayer of DePue.

He was preceded in death by his wife on July 28, 1987; two sisters, Florence Nissle and Sophie Liesse; and six brothers, Edward, Ted, Leonard, Walter and Henry and Francis at birth.

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