Raymond N. Masuen, 93, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, following a brief illness.
Ray Masuen was born April 26, 1910, in Oyens, the son of Charles and Lena (Ruden) Masuen. He was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended St. Catherine's Church and school.
On Nov. 19, 1938, he married Dolores Cross of Marcus at St. John's Catholic Church in Peosta. Ray started his business career as a salesman for the A.J. Masuen Company. In 1946, he and his brother Dick built the Club Debonair, a well-known night club in northwest Iowa. After the fire loss of the Debonair, he returned to sales and remained active in business well into the age of retirement. He was also a member of the Iowa State Guard serving from 1943-1946, having reached the rank of sergeant.
Ray was a longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was actively involved in the creation of the Gehlen High School Band Boosters Club and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1381. He was a charter member of the University of Notre Dame "Subway Alumni."
His favorite pastime was listening and dancing to big band music and reminiscing about days gone by. He was especially proud of his life-long friendship with Lawrence Welk and many well known musicians of the upper Midwest. He will be remembered for his generosity and easy smile.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Dick Abshire of White Bear Lake, Minn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Ron French of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Mel and Sue Masuen of Le Mars; granddaughter and husband Tracy and Jeff Roy of Woodbury, Minn.; granddaughter Kerrie Masuen of Birmingham, Ala.; granddaughter Amanda Masuen of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandson Chris Masuen of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Parker, and Averi Roy of Woodbury, Minn.; sisters Delores Heissel of Le Mars, Marita Shearon of Le Mars, and brothers Richard Masuen and wife, Celesta, of Le Mars, and Irvin (Bud) Masuen of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Lena; his wife, Dolores; his sister, Florence Masuen; brother, Lawrence and wife Edith Masuen; brother Al and wife Marvel Masuen; sister Virginia and husband Ray Schroeder; and sister Lorraine and husband Dale Becker.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Andrew Hoffmann as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Chris Masuen, Mike Masuen, Mike Driscoll, Jeff Roy, Pat Shearon, and Bill Kemp.