Raymond Malecha, 80

Raymond J. “Baler Ray” Malecha, 80, of Lonsdale, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Ray was born August 2, 1932, on the home farm in Lonsdale, a son of John M. and Mary Malecha. He was a farmer and truck driver, but well known for his baler fixing business. Ray married Dorothy Pinc on May 18, 1954, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Northfield.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years; children Christine (Larry) White, Sandra (Marty) Berg, Denise (George) Budd, Pamela (Ronald) Bongers, and Scott (Dani) Malecha; 12 grandchildren Chad, Shaun, Kristen, Darin, Joseph, Heidi, Pamela, Regina, Dustin, Eric, Emi and Brandon; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Mary Hruska, Grace (Orville) Kuchinka, Donald T. (Jane) Malecha and Patricia (Larry) Trcka; and many nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brotherin- law Richard Hruska.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lonsdale.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday at the White Funeral Home in Lonsdale, and Tuesday one hour prior to the services.