Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake with the Rev. Tom Becker officiating and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and family may call from 4-9 p.m. Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church in Mayhew Lake. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Raymond Bemboom was born Feb. 21, 1920, in Mayhew Lake Township to Gerhard and Margaret (Walz) Bemboom. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941-1945 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Ray married Rita Rajkowski June 1, 1948 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. He lived and farmed in Mayhew Lake Township his entire life. He started and was a member of the Benton County 4-H Auction. Ray was a lifetime member of Annunciation Catholic Church where he was involved in the Knights of Columbus. He was also a lifetime member of the Gilman VFW Post 1558 and a member of the Gilman Creamery Board. Ray especially enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always willing to have an adventure with anyone who would pick him up and take him for a drive or outing. He also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, traveling and spending winters with relatives in Missouri, baseball, playing cards, bowling, and loved to drive tractors and his gator. Ray had a great sense of humor and always had a good joke to tell.
Survivors include his children and spouses, Carol and Jerry Schumann of Rice, Rich and Joyce of Milaca, Ron and Amy of Gilman, Linda and Don Nemeth of New London, Connie and Charlie Cowden of Ely, Ken and Ann of Sauk Rapids, Dan and Christina of Sauk Rapids, Mary Lou Paul of St. Cloud, Dean and Amy of Sauk Rapids, Laurie and Chubs Malikowski of St. Joseph and Tammy and Denny Studenski of Sauk Rapids; brother, Tom Bemboom of St. Cloud; 45 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita, Jan. 15, 1996; brothers, Laurence, Mark and Joe; and sisters, Roselyn Evans, Marcella (Sal) Zimmer, Marian Zimmer and Margie Rajkowski.