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Raymond M. Berklund

February 28, 1917 March 14, 2012
Raymond M. Berklund
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Raymond M. Berklund, 95, resident of Luck, WI, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck.


Raymond Maurice Berklund was born on February 28, 1917 in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Maurice and Matti Berklund. The family moved to Wisconsin when Ray was a young boy, to the homestead of his grandfather in Lorraine (McKinley). Ray attended Cumberland High School and graduated in 1934. He then attended one year of college at the University of Minnesota in Civil Engineering. He returned home and worked in various professions including performing earth work on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and becoming a lineman working for Wisconsin Hydro Electric Company.


Ray entered WWII by enlisting in the Army in 1942, and serving around the world, primarily in the CBI theatre (China/Burma/India) where he was part of an engineering unit constructing the Ledo road between India and China.


Ray returned home in early 1946 and married Helen (Brekke) Berklund on February 23rd of that year. Ray and Helen moved back to McKinley where they farmed and Ray returned to line work at Wisconsin Hydro Electric, ultimately becoming part of Northern States Power Company. They moved to Turtle Lake and then to Luck in the early 1950’s where Ray served as district representative for NSP until his retirement in 1980.


Ray was very active in the community serving on the Luck Village Board, Luck Park Board, and church council for the Luck Lutheran Church. Ray and Helen raised 2 sons, Dennis of Luck, and David of Osceola. Both Ray and Helen spent their last years under the wonderful care of the staff at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and caring spouse, father and grandfather.


Ray is preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his brother, Norman, and his sister, Beatrice.


He is survived by his two sons, Dennis Berklund and Dave (Mary) Berklund; grandson, Kristopher Berklund; sister, Irene (Chuck) Hanson of McKinley.


Funeral services will be held at the Luck Lutheran Church on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:00AM with 1 hour visitation prior to the service. Visitation will also be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Sunday, March18 from 4 to 7 PM with a Masonic Service being held at 6:30PM.


Burial will be at the McKinley cemetery.

Refer to the following website to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI has been entrusted with funeral arrangements, www.rowefh.com 715-472-2444
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