Funeral Arrangements for Raymond J. Klees, the father of Rev. Ray Klees
It is with great sadness that the Notre Dame College Prep community announces the news that Mr. Raymond, J. Klees, father of Executive Vice President Father Ray Klees, died February 1.
Funeral arrangements for Raymond Joseph Klees have been finalized. A full obituary is below.
Please continue to remember Father Klees and his entire family in your prayers.
May his father now rest in the eternal peace of Christ.
Thursday, February 4th
2:00 - 9:00pm
Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home
9000 W. 151st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462
Mass of Christian Burial:
Friday, February 5th
Our Lady of the Woods Church
10731 W. 131st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462
Klees, Raymond Joseph. Born in Roseland on December 24, 1921. Beloved husband of the late Celeste R. nee Dunning who preceded him in death by four years. Ray and Celeste were married on May 4, 1946 and were uniquely devoted to each other for 60 years. Loving father of Rev. Raymond F. Klees, Robert C., Caryl C. (Stephen) Whitney & Janet M. (Michael) Brennan. Cherished grandfather of Lauren (Joseph) Jacob, Sarah (Griffin) Keenan, Meredith (Fiancé Peter Carey) Whitney and Matthew, Ryan & Michael Brennan. Devoted son of the late Jacob & Mary nee Brickel Klees. Fond brother of Marion (John) Beerepoot, Adelaide (the late Bernard) Beemsterboer and the late Robert. Visitation Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday 9:15 a.m. from the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park to Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st Street, Orland Park, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Having graduated from Pullman Tech High School in 1939, Ray attended night classes at Loyola University and worked full-time at Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He and Celeste met at Illinois Bell. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Ray passed a college equivalency exam with the U.S. Army Air Corps and was accepted into flight school. He was awarded Pilot Wings and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in early 1943. He and his crew of 9 flew their B-17, “Charron’s Ferry” in 25 combat missions over North Africa, France and Germany (8th Air Force, 96th Bomb Group, Snetterdon Heath, East Anglia, England). Ray was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters. Ray stayed with Illinois Bell for his working career and retired as a District Level Manager. He volunteered in several civic services over the years, including being a commissioner on the Orland Park Police Board. He similarly engaged multiple ministries in church service. He enjoyed swimming, golf and good friends.
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