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Raymond Lartz, Jr.

June 14, 1929 — January 10, 2017

Raymond Lartz, Jr.

Bloomington - Raymond ‘Ray' Claire Lartz, Jr, 87, of Bloomington passed away at 8:03 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Martin Health Center in Bloomington.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington with Pastor Thomas Wirsing officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service both at the church. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran School Scholarship Fund, 1102 West Hamilton Road, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Ray was born on June 14, 1929, a son of Raymond, Sr. and Clare Pils Lartz. He married Alice Jayne Casebeer on December 25, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Surviving is his wife, Alice Jayne Lartz of Bloomington; son, Casey (Maribeth) Lartz of Bloomington; daughter, Cindy (Cary) Charlson of Woodbury, MN; sister, Norma (Bob) Clark of Columbia, MO; six grandchildren, Casey (Kristin) Charlson, Colin (Christine) Charlson, Chauncey (Carly) Charlson, Caitlin (Ryan) Drake, Caroline Lartz and Mary Claire Lartz; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ray attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Bloomington High School. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Retailing in 1951 and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He served as a Corporal in the United States Army from July 1951 to July 1953, earning the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Occupation Medal (Japan) before returning to St. Louis to work for Famous-Barr Department Store.

Ray joined the family business, Casey's Market Basket, founded by his father-in-law, Elden Casebeer, in 1963, before transforming it with his wife into Casey's Garden Shop and becoming a second-generation owner in 1973. He worked every day until he was 85 years old and could be frequently seen wearing his white apron, carrying a grease pencil, and checking people out at the cash register.

He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on Board of Elders and Board of Christian Day School.

Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed.

Visitation

JAN 15. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Trinity Lutheran Church
801 S. Madison
Bloomington, IL 61701

Visitation

JAN 16. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)

Trinity Lutheran Church
801 S. Madison
Bloomington, IL 61701

Funeral Service

JAN 16. 10:00 AM (CST)

Trinity Lutheran Church
801 S. Madison
Bloomington, IL 61701

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