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Ray L. LaChapelle, Jr.
Raymond Lawrence LaChapelle, Jr. at the young age of 69, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Ray was the 4th of 6 children born to Claudine (Flaten) and Ray Sr. LaChapelle on the 8th of September, 1949 in Mayville, ND. As a Portland Pirate he enjoyed and saw success in football, wrestling and making friends. After graduation in 1967, Ray went to Kansas to work construction. He returned home in 1967 to enlist in the Army. After boot camp at Fort Lewis Washington, Ray was sent to Viet Nam to serve our country. He had graduated from Paratrooper School in Fort Bening, GA and was part of the Army Airborne. He returned 1968 and continued to serve at Fort Ryle, Kansas for a year.
Ray graduated from Fergus Falls Jr. College before returning to the Portland area. On New YearÃ¢â¬â¢s Eve, 1975 he met his future wife, Ila Thompson. They married August 14, 1976 and continued to live the Mayville - Portland Area until moving to Walhalla in 2001. In early February 1983 their son, Scott David, joined them to make their family unit complete.
As everyone who knew Ray would agree, he was definitely a Ã¢â¬Åpeople personÃ¢â¬Å¥. He was always happiest when laughing, singing, and visiting with friends and family. He loved changing strangers into friends. One of his greatest passions was fishing, not necessarily for the fish itself but for the fellowship with friends and bragging rights that were sometimes earned. Deer hunting was a favorite time to spend with friends and family. Ray was active in 3454 Eagles Club in Mayville, KEM Temple Shrine in Grand Forks, Goose River Lodge 19 Masons due to Don Evans guidance, Life time member of Mayville VFW, Lifetime member of Viet Nam Veterans of America, Portland American Legion.
Ray was preceeded in death by his parents and older brother Duane. He is survived by his wife (Ila), son (Scott), brothers: Darol (Kathy) and Robert (Sandy); sisters: Renee (Brad) Amundson and Diane (Richard) Onstad. He also leaves behind nieces Carie Onstad and Natasha Haugen and nephews Brad Amundson Jr., Chad LaChapelle and Michael LaChapelle. Others that he leaves behind are in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles and dear friends like his chosen brother, John Jacobson. Ray will be missed by ALL who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at the Walhalla Lutheran Church in Walhalla, ND on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will also be held at Aurdahl Lutheran Church in Portland, ND on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m.
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you ever get close to St. Cloud, I would love to see you. I pray your memories are healing one. Take time to heal. Mari Holdgrafer Walker
Mari Walker Dec 30 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss Ila. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Joel and Darla Gunderson Dec 5 2018 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Larry & Ellen Mae Slaubaugh Dec 2 2018 12:00 AM
Ila, and Scott, Jean and I are so sorry to hear this sad news. A smile and a conversation were always a must, when we would see either you or Ray. A tribute to Rays love for people was this Magnificent gift of conversation. He will be missed by many.
Paul Moen Dec 1 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about Rays passing. What a great I guy he will certainly be missed.
Lois Hofstrand Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM
Heartfelt sympathy and prayers sent to your family Ila.
Frank and Nancy Mitzel Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM
ILa and Scott I am so sorry to read of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Karen Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM
Ila, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue your life journey without your partner Ray. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but knowing that you chose him and reading about him, I know he was a great guy who many will miss. May you feel the love of all those thinking of you wrapping their arms around you. jan
Jan Ydstie-Roy Nov 28 2018 12:00 AM
IIa, was so sorry to hear about Ray. He really was a "people" person and made everyone who ever visited with him a friend. Just the little that I knew him, he was a funny, loving and very caring person, just like you. That must be why you made such a good couple. Our sympathy to you and Scott. We are so sorry Ray had to leave you way to soon. Pedo and Dick Tretter
Pedo Tretter Nov 28 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss Ila. Thoughts, prayers, and love to you and your family.
Rory Huschka Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM