Raymond I. Borkgren, 89, of Geneseo, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche will officiate and military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. Visitation for Ray will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday prior to the memorial service. Private inurnment will be held in Oakwood Cemetery. As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to First Presbyterian Church or Good Samaritan Village.
Raymond was born on March 6, 1924, in Geneseo, the son of Swan R. and Alice (Henander) Borkgren. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1942. He married Janet E. Johnson on Feb. 9, 1947, in Geneseo. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Raymond enlisted on March 2, 1943, and after boot training he joined squadron V.C. 85 at San Diego, Calif. He shipped on the U.S.S. Lunga Point, an aircraft carrier, in October 1943. His ship was hit by a suicide plane in February 1945 during the invasion of Iwo Jima, but was not put out of commission. He holds the American Theater ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with four battle starts, the Philippine Liberation ribbon with two battle stars, the Naval Commendation, a unit citation and the Victory medal. Raymond had been employed for more than 30 years at International Harvester Works as a general manager, retiring in 1981. He then became an electrical inspector for the City of Geneseo for 19 years, retiring in 2010.
Raymond was a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. He also belonged to the Stewart Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion and the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. Raymond loved spending time with his family. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed walking, woodworking and working on the computer.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; two sons, John (Dawn) Borkgren of Bartlett and Steven (Kathy) Borkgren of Lancaster, Pa.; one daughter, Carol (Lon) Richey of Morrison; and three grandchildren, Sabrina Borkgren, Christine Richey and John Richey. He was preceded in death by his parents.