|12/26/2012 11:30:00 AM|
Raymond J. Vega, 88, of 220 Tinley Ave., DePue died at 4:43 p.m. Dec. 22, 2012, in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.
Services will be at 6:45 p.m. Friday in Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Deacon John Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at DePue Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-6:45 p.m. Fri-day in the funeral home.
Mr. Vega was born Sept. 3, 1924, in DePue to Jose and Ramona (Garcia) Vega. He married Alberta Smudzinski on May 14, 1955, in La Salle.
Vega served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Atlantic fleet aboard the USS Guadalcanal. He was part of the task force that captured the German submarine U-505, which is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and two Bronze Stars.
He worked for the state of Illinois as an inspector, operated his own barber shop in DePue and was the chief of police in DePue. He was a member of DePue Booster Club, DePue VFW and DePue Democrat Club and had been a DePue Unit School Board member.
Survivors included his wife, Alberta Vega of DePue; three daughters, Carol (Jeff) Campbell of DePue, Cathy (Tom) Prey of Oglesby and Christine (Craig) Snyder of Ottawa; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph; two brothers and one sister.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew, Brett and Scott Campbell, Michael and Joe Vega, and T.J. and Joe Prey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Margaret’s hospice.
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