Raymond "Ray" Michael Wankum, 63, of Marcus, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after bravely battling esophageal and liver cancer for seven months.
Ray was born March 26, 1943 in Marcus, the son of Paul and Anna (Tschill) Wankum. He graduated from Holy Name High School in 1962. Following graduation, he worked for Cherokee Bottling for one year. Ray then worked at Sand Seed Service in Marcus for more than 41 years, most of which was spent as supervisor for the grain elevator. From 1966 to 1971, he also served in the National Guard, and his unit was activated in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He married Kathy Lowe on June 24, 1978. They were blessed with two daughters, Kimberly and Mallory. After retirement from Sands, he worked part-time at the elevator for First Co-op Association in Marcus.
Ray was devoted to his family; his daughters were his pride and joy. He enjoyed attending the girls' concerts, camping, woodworking, traveling, shopping, cooking, canning, making caramels, and decorating for Christmas. Ray was a life-long member of Holy Name Church.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Kathy, and two daughters, Kimberly of Storm Lake, and Mallory at home. He is also survived by two brothers, William of Sioux City, and Donald of Merrill, and a sister and her husband, Margret and Ray Hanson of Marcus; a brother-in-law and his wife, Ronald and Mary Loucks of Quimby; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Anna Wankum, and a sister, Mary Loucks.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. Father Eugene Murray, Jerry Bertrand, and Bob Blair will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Marcus. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday), at the Earnest - Rohde Funeral Home in Marcus. The family will be present beginning at 5 p.m. with a rosary service at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass.