RAYMOND STANLEY AHLGRENRaymond S. Ahlgren, 80 of Duluth, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
Raymond S. Ahlgren, 80 of Duluth, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
He was born March 12, 1933 in Duluth to Stanley and Frieda (Larson) Ahlgren.
He attended Proctor High School thru the 10th grade and then graduated from Hermantown High School in 1951. Ray served in the Army at Fort Benning GA as a helicopter repair mechanic from 1953-1955. After his service, he went to Auto Body School at Salter in Duluth where he learned the fine art of auto body refinishing. Many family and friends' cars were made to look like new with Ray's auto body talents. Ray retired from Metro Chrysler Plymouth in 1993.
Ray received his first accordion when he was 10 years old and musical performance became the core of his life. He worked at Nelson's Resort on Crane Lake as a dock boy during the day and entertained guests at night. Ray went on to play his accordion professionally for over 60 years. Some of his achievements include playing at Governor Rudy Perpich's inaugural celebration, and induction into the Polka Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ray brought his music to many, helping friends and families celebrate special events. During retirement he shared his music in Texas and with assisted living homes. Ray enjoyed fishing, camping, and canoe trips to the BWCA, many of them taken with his daughters.
Ray was a member of the West Duluth American Legion and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joann of 57 years; daughters, Roxanne Bijold, Raylene Ahlgren, and Robyn (Rick) Schroeder; grandchildren, Andre Bijold, Neil and Kelley Schroeder; brothers, Floyd (Carole) Ahlgren and Maynard Ahlgren; many nieces, nephews and polka dancing friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Haven for the care given to Ray.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 until the 11 a.m. memorial service in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave., Duluth, followed with a luncheon in the church social hall. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Duluth. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net