Raymond “Ray” Stoen, 88, of Decorah, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, with Pastor Dave Sorenson officiating. Organist is Kathy Murray. Hymns are “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Amazing Grace” and “Rock of Ages.” Arrangements are being handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah. Casket bearers are Rev. Wayne Ellingson, Robert Ellingson, Jim Stoen, Randy Stoen, Eric Stoen and Joanne Starr. Military rites are by Decorah veterans’ groups. Interment is at Freeport Cemetery, Decorah.

Raymond Eugene Stoen was born May 27, 1925, the son of Henry and Martina (Sollien) Stoen on the family farm near Highlandville. Raymond attended rural country school and Decorah High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving from Nov. 23, 1943 to Feb. 1, 1944, on Tarawa, Gilbert Islands. He returned and worked as a carpenter, and then worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 1988. Ray was a kind, dependable man. He enjoyed woodworking and made many birdhouses and projects. He always was willing to help out anyone in need. Raymond sang in the Luren Choir for many years, and was a member of the Decorah Lutheran Church and the Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977.  

Raymond is survived by his wife, Darlyne Stoen, Decorah; four children: Peggy (Soren) Larsen, Marshfield, Maine.; Robert Stoen, Cresco; Kathy Stoen, Decorah; and Kyle (special friend, Kathy Tobin) Stoen, Decorah; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Ellingson, Decorah; one brother, Herbert Stoen, Decorah; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Ila Bolson, Platteville, Wis.; Beverlyne (Tyrome) Albertson, Cresco; and Gaylen (Elaine) Bolson, Decorah; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. 

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Martina (Sollien) Stoen; his son, Gregory Stoen, June 9, 1969; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Sophus Stoen, Polly Stoen, Kathryn Stoen, Don Bolson and Erven Ellingson.