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Raymond F. Endress
August 12, 1930 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Raymond Endress passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2024, while surrounded by family after a short illness. He was known as a devoted father, a caring husband, and an invaluable friend. He leaves behind his wife, Diana of 64 years, his beloved sister Ann, his two children, Erik and Jennifer, and his five grandchildren, Griffin, Jillian, Katie, Connor, and Charlie.
Born on August 12, 1930, in New York City, Raymond was the son of Karl and Charlotte Endress. Upon graduating from high school, he initially attended college at the University of Montana, which sparked a lifelong love of the West. Later, he would complete his degree at the University of Illinois. Raymond joined the US Army in 1952 and served as a Corporal in the Signal Corps during the Korean War. During the conflict, he held various posts. However, his primary duty was creating and managing a library for his installation - a task that fed into his lifelong passion for reading and knowledge.
After Korea, the GI Bill enabled Raymond to attend graduate school in Mexico. He later began work at Sterns Department Store, eventually becoming a buyer in the luggage and cosmetic department. At Sterns, he met his lifelong partner and best friend, Diana Valentino, a fellow buyer. After a short period of courtship, they married and were blessed with their children, Erik and Jennifer. Raymond and Diana worked tirelessly to provide their two children with the best life and opportunities possible and took a keen interest in their success.
Retiring from Sterns in the mid-90s, Raymond made the most of his later years in many ways. He took up several hobbies, filled his study with books about his vast historical interest, and imparted his love of learning to those around him. He enjoyed spending time with his family and significantly cherished his close relationship with his grandchildren. Later life also allowed Raymond to travel, which he took full advantage of. His adventures to the Western US, Europe, and South America quenched his desire to see the world and share the adventure with his loved ones.
Raymond Endress will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather, and cherished friend. His enthusiasm for life, family, and adventure touched all who knew him. He will be dearly missed, yet his memory lives long in the hearts and minds of those he loved.