Raymond Lyle Envall
Raymond “Ray” Lyle Envall, 76, of Proctor, Minn., passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Essentia Hospital in Duluth after a courageous battle with heart disease. Ray’s final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whose lives he had touched in his all too short time with us.
Ray’s many dear friends were cordially invited to join the family for coffee, conversation and casual remembrance at St. Rose Catholic Church, 3 N. Sixth Ave. in Proctor between 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Funeral services began immediately thereafter at 11 a.m., and were followed by lunch at St. Rose and burial services at Oneota Cemetery.
Ray was born Dec. 17, 1936, to Bert and Astrid Envall (Bakken) in Duluth. After graduating from Proctor High School and then Carpentry School, he married the love of his life, Theresa (Stauner). They settled in Proctor, and over the next 53 years he and Theresa raised a family of five children.
Ray will undoubtedly be remembered by many as an exceptionally gifted carpenter and builder who was blessed with uncommon vision and creativity. An honest and exceedingly hardworking man, Ray possessed an unwavering optimism for and faith in the Spirit Valley neighborhood and his beloved hometown, Proctor. Throughout his career, he devoted his time and considerable talents investing in, creating and improving residential housing throughout Duluth, and was a proud member of Carpenters Local 361 and a former member of the 148th Air Guard. In recent years, he loved spending time with his family and his many friends at Riverplace Campground, which he and his wife, Theresa, operated.
Perhaps most, however, Ray will be remembered as a warm-hearted and loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished time with his family, friends and particularly his grandchildren, of whom he was so very proud. He had an easy smile, and found enjoyment in the simple pleasures in life and the companionship of others, time by the St. Louis River, and cribbage games with friends. He worked hard to set an example of the virtue of being diligent, honest and considerate toward others. We will be forever grateful for our time with him. He will be sincerely and deeply missed.
Ray is survived by his wife, Theresa; a son, Ron (Julie) Envall, of Duluth, and daughters, Heidi Envall of Pine River and Jill (Charlie) Oliveria and Kristie Envall, both of the Twin Cities. He is also survived by his sister, Judy (Robert) Backstrom; brother, Delbert Envall; grandchildren, Lindsey, Isabel, Alyssa, Jonah, Jackson and Alexander; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He joins in Heaven his son, Michael, and granddaughter Kelsi, together with his parents, Burt and Astrid; sister, Eileen; and brother, Lloyd.