Raymond Dodge Comstock


Raymond Dodge Comstock, 85, Baldwin City, Kansas, died Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at his home.

He was born June 12, 1936, in Woodstock, Vermont, the son of Elwin and Lucia (Webster) Comstock.

Ray graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in music and went on to earn a PhD in music from the University of Iowa.

He taught violin and viola and conducted the symphony orchestra at the University of Minnesota Duluth until his retirement. Prior to that he taught in Iowa City, Iowa; Kenosha, Wisconsin and Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was a talented artist and hand-quilted over 30 quilts, often using fabric he had hand dyed with natural dyes. He spent countless hours at his rustic cabin in far northern Minnesota. At the cabin he loved sharing his blueberry and lemon meringue pies with his friends and neighbors.

He married Virginia May Hale in 1957 in Windsor, Vermont. She died in 2016.

Survivors include two daughters, Laurie Comstock and husband Greg Ludvigson of Baldwin City, KS, Elizabeth Comstock of Hills, Iowa; a brother, Carlton Comstock of Springfield, Vermont; grandchildren, Nick Ludvigson, Allie Szymoniak, Paul Lee, and Sam Owen; great grandchildren, Henry and Daphne Ludvigson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his son Kenny, his parents and his brother, Dan Comstock.

No services are planned.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the Music Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth or Visiting Nurses Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home or directly to the organization.

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