Raymond Fred Albert Lubben was born May 2, 1928 on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Le Mars, to Gerhard William and Christena Marie (Haage) Lubben. Ray was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran. He attended Grant #1 Country School and later attended school in Le Mars.
Ray served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from January 1951 until being honorably discharged in December 1952.
Ray returned to the family farm and was united in marriage to Dorothy Willer on Aug. 16, 1954, at Christ Lutheran Church. Ray and Dorothy continued to farm in Grant Township until retiring in 1990. In 1988, they moved to a home in Brunsville. Dorothy died Dec. 28, 2007.
Ray was also a feed and seed representative for many years. He and Dorothy enjoyed many trips through the years with the companies he represented.
Ray and Charlotte DeBoer-Meyer were united in marriage Jan. 10, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church. Ray and Char enjoyed traveling and family gatherings.
Throughout his life, church was very important. He was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church and had served the church in many leadership roles. He had served on the building committee of the existing church, as council president, and on numerous other boards through the years. He was a member of the church choir for more than 73 years.
He was also a member of the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville, where he had served the post faithfully for more than 60 years. He had served as Post Commander and in several other positions through the years.
Ray had also served on the Brunsville City Council, represented Brunsville on the Plymouth County Landfill Board, and had served on the Plymouth County Zoning Board.
Survivors include his son, Darwin Lubben and his wife Judy, of Le Mars, and their children, Eric and his wife Amanda, Crystal, and Amy; his wife Charlotte, of Le Mars; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Lubben and granddaughter Alisha, of Johnstown, Colo.; three stepchildren: Stanley Meyer and his wife Bonnie, of Ireton, Paul Meyer and his wife Becky, of Ft. Calhoun, Neb., and Sharla Mallett, of West Des Moines; a sister, Lorraine Renken and her husband Elmer, of Le Mars; six stepgrandchildren: Jamie Meyer and his wife Sheena, Kyle Meyer, Derek Meyer, Tyler Meyer, Austin Meyer, and Emily Meyer; in-laws: Verona Lubben, of Le Mars, Alvin Willer, of Brunsville, Glen and Paula Lawrensen, of Vermillion, S.D., Carol Schlotfeldt, of Webster City, Joyce Willer, of Le Mars, and Charlene Kloster, of Longmont, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy on Dec. 28, 2007; a son, Dean Lubben in 2005; and a brother, Earl Lubben and his wife Dorothy.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, Grant Township, rural Le Mars, with the Rev. Ben Worley officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville will be at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Mark Lubben, Terry Renken, Mark Lawrensen, Jay Willer, Wayne Schlotfeldt, Mike Willer, and Stan Meyer.
Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.