Memorial services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morristown on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Michael Schuette officiating. Interment will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with military rites provided by American Legion Post 149, Morristown.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.Ray A., the son of Arthur and Edna (Bitker) Marsh was born on June 28, 1929 in Faribault. Ray married Marie (Svenson) Bright in 1955 in Bellevue, NE. He entered the United States Air Force and served for 21 years. Ray served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War as a Tech Sergeant. After surviving three major plane crashes, he retired from the service. After retirement, Ray worked at a Volkswagen repair shop in Omaha, NE. He moved to Morristown after the death of his wife in 1989. Ray was a gifted mechanic and woodworker. He played golf worldwide, loved fishing and riding his motor scooter. Ray is survived by his step-son, Duane (and Janice) Bright of Bellevue, NE; a brother, Don Marsh of Morristown; two sisters, Darlene (and Frank) Grimm of Tucson, AZ and Ann Schmidt of Owatonna; two grandchildren, DeAnn and Darryl Bright; two great grandchildren, Destiny Bright and Chancellor Bargen; and many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; a sister, Betty (and Bill) Thomas; and a sister in law, Genevieve Marsh.
Ray's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Ivy Hills Senior Care for the wonderful love and care he received.
Name: Ann Schmidt
Date: Monday September 01, 2014
Ray had a good life. High adventure and a lot of fun. He served 21 years in the USAF, he served as a tail gunner in some operations and as a flight navigator in others. He was in 3 airplane crashes, and walked away from every one. He loved golfing, fishing, tennis (in his younger years), and working in his wood shop. When I was in 5th grade he left to go serve some mission in the Phillipines and he was going to be gone for a year. At the time a year was like forever to me. He said he would send me a doll from each country he went to. For the next year I can't tell you how thrilled I was each time a package came in the mail from the Phillipines or some Asian country. I also enjoyed the stories he told me about his travels. Like how he would hire local people in one country (Cambodia?) to guard his golf balls while he golfed or the monkeys would come down from the trees and steal the balls. Or when he was in Viet Nam, when they had a 24 hour furlough they would fly a plane to Hong Kong to have some fun. He always had a parakeet and they were always named Dickie Bird. He liked to cook and entertain and had some great food and parties for friends and family throughout his life. He moved back to Minnesota (Morristown) after he retired to be close to Mom and Dad, and then spent a lot of time fishing, and working in his shop making toys and gifts for family and friends. I am thankful for all the great memories and thankful he received such good care at the end of his life. He so deserved it. Rest in peace dear brother, Love your sister, Ann.
Name: Theresa & Michael Hazard
Date: Thursday August 28, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Ray, was such a kind & caring man & could he ever tell the best stories of his time in the service. When Ray first came to Morristown to live---I was asked to be his cleaning lady. He was kind enough to allow me to bring my son with me. My son was 9 then & loved to listen to the stories of the airplane flights & look at all the pictures on the office wall. Ray, also had his pet bird on his shoulder almost everyplace he went. Ray showed my son how he built his famous square boats & they even went fishing a few times. We alway's called him " THE GENERAL " it was such a joy to hear him laugh out loud when we did...he told us he never made it quite that far. But my son told him that he thought he would make a good "General"