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Raymond Resch


March 24, 1945
October 10, 2017

Visitation 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017, Day Macz Funeral Home, Sandoval
Funeral 10:00 a.m. - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - St. Lawrence Catholic Church - Sandoval

Raymond Joseph Resch ended his battle with cancer and entered into eternal life in heaven, at the age of 72, surrounded by his wife and children on October 10, 2017. He was the son of Joseph Resch and Gertrude (Thomas) Resch. He was born in Centralia, IL. on March 24, 1945. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna (Carter) Resch on February 8, 1964 at St. Lawrence Church in Sandoval.

Ray worked at Valley Steel in Irvington as a laborer, being promoted to Office Manager and later the Plant Manager. When the Irvington plant closed, he was sent to the Centralia Valley Steel as Plant Manager. He worked there for 29 years, until the plant was closed. He was also co-owner with his wife, running the Sandoval Florist for 14 years. He then worked for Wayne Carter Trucking, Livingston Pipe and Tube , and doing odds for others and later partnered with Marc Oehmke to create a team of repairing, building, and roofing too many in the area. He loved working and helping others.

Ray was a member of the Sandoval Fire Department for 33 years, beginning in his senior year of high school. He was one of the first to become an EMT with the department. He held ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Fire Chief right beside his friend, Fire Chief Tom Nicolay.

Ray became a member of the Knights of Columbus, in 1971, where he could once again serve his God, his church and others. He became a 4th degree Knight in 2012, along with his son Rod, and grandson JJ, and served as Grand Knight, and Faithful Navigator. He achieved the Star Council in 2011. He was a council trustee, member of the Honor Guard, former vice-president for the North Central Vicariate, and for the last four years, he was chairman of the Knights of Columbus Right to Life Float in the Centralia Halloween Parade. He was an active fundraiser for the council and parish. He also helped with the tootsie roll drive fundraiser that raised money for the mentally challenged that went to Murray Center, Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and Special Olympics. He thoroughly enjoyed being with his fellow Knights cooking breakfast and dinners for the Pro-life, and pregnancy center in Salem. Ray was also involved with Coats for Kids in Centralia. Ray also served on the Sandoval City Board of Trustees.

Ray enjoyed fishing, music, going to the movies and eating popcorn, traveling through most of the USA with his family. Vacations were the highlight of being with the family and especially Disney World and Branson. In the past few years, he learned to love to sit on the beach and relax, which was hard at first not being busy. The most special times were Sunday dinners, holidays with all the kids and grandkids coming together at our home. He treasured the time listening to them talking, laughing, shooting guns, riding the four wheeler with the grandkids, and walking the hills to the creek. Family was utmost important to him. He was so excited to find out that he was going to be a great-grandpa in April.
Ray is survived by his wife, Donna of 53 years; son Rodney Resch, wife Tara of Centralia; daughter Victoria “Vicki” Jenkins, husband Darrin of Patoka; grandchildren Joseph John “JJ” Resch, wife Dimi of Belleville, Jessica and Jamie Resch of Centralia; Lauri Rae Jenkins and Jacob Jenkins of Salem; Ben and Faith Jenkins of Patoka; sister Bettye Jo Williams of Sandoval; sister-in-law Phyllis (Resch) Fanger, husband Gerald of Sandoval; brother-in-laws Wayne Carter of Sandoval, Lonnie Carter, wife Joan of Anderson, CA; Aunt Loretta Thomas of St. Genevieve, MO, and Uncle Paul Kuhl of Bridgeton, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Christopher Ray Resch, brothers Bill Resch, wife Lola, and Jim Resch, brother-in-laws Norman Williams, Tom Carter, and sister-in-law Lana (Hopkins) Carter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sandoval. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery with Fr. Dale Maxfield officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to visiting hours at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Ray requested donations in his memory to be given to the Knights of Columbus in Sandoval or the Donor’s Choice. Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences and memories of Ray may be shared with the family at or on their Facebook page.