Raymond E. Acton passed away peacefully at his home in Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Raymond entered his eternal home surrounded by his beloved children and Pastor Justin Wixon, Alive in Christ Church Lutheran, Marana, AZ.
Raymond was born at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Illinois) in 1933, and spent his formative years in Lombard, Illinois. He attended St. John Lutheran School (Lombard) and Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn, graduating in 1951.
Mr. Acton was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Lillian Acton (nee Bell). Raymond was the honored father of six children, three of whom preceded him in death: Laura Dawn, Karen Louise, and James Russell. He is survived by children Thomas (Carol), Linda (James Ferguson) and Robert (Polly), 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Raymond was also preceded in death by his parents, Russell, and Bertha (nee Lange) and siblings Francis (Weinert), Vernon (Bud), and Robert. He is survived by his beloved brother George.
Raymond and Margaret raised their family on Riordon Road in Villa Park, in a house that Mr. Acton built. Together, they committed an extraordinary amount of time and energy to all their children while providing daily therapeutic care to two of their children afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a critical respiratory and digestive disease.
Raymond was a lifelong, active member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, serving congregations at Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center, IL (41 years) and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MN (20 years) where Ray and Marge made many lifelong friendships. In addition to regular worship attendance and Bible study participation, Ray shared his woodworking talents for the benefit of others. He handcrafted wooden toys, rockers, trains, and countless other specialty items for the home. He also donated these works for auction and similar fundraising events. Ray served in church leadership, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and as a board member for the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL.
Mr. Acton was a union carpenter and worked as a general contractor for 40 years. The family-owned company enjoyed continuous relationships with highly respected clients that included Argon National Laboratory, Fermilab, Commonwealth Edison, Boudin Bakery, the U.S. Postal Office, and West Suburban Bank, along with countless other commercial and private entities. In retirement, Ray and Marge built a home on a private lake in northern Minnesota. For 20 years, they enjoyed their remote, peaceful retirement, hosting family and friends for year-round fishing, campfires, and hiking, and traveling the world together. Ray remained a determined gardener, growing vegetables in the deep woods, battling the northern Minnesota weather and equally determined wildlife.
Along with fishing and woodwork, Ray continued to serve others during retirement. He made countless new friends as he lent his knowledge and experience to neighbors for miles around with home projects and related needs. Ray’s life as a carpenter was truly his vocation, both as a professional tradesman and as an individual who humbly shared his time and talents.
Ray moved to Tucson with Tom and Carol in July 2021. He was intending to enjoy the southwest and be near his brother George, but his Multiple Myeloma which had been “sleeping” for more than a year, suddenly “awoke” and rapidly took his life. Linda, Bob, Tom, Carol, and Pastor Wixon were privileged to be with Ray as he left this life to join his fellow saints in heaven.
A funeral service celebrating Ray’s life in Christ will be held on Saturday November 13 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148. Visitation will be at 9 AM, with the service beginning at 10 AM, officiated by Rev. Dr. Matthew Rosebrock, husband to Ray’s granddaughter Kimberly Rosebrock. Interment will follow at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst. At approximately 12:30, we will gather for an informal family-style dinner at Angelo's Ristorante, 247 N York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial gifts extended in Ray’s honor be forwarded to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 1100 N Bethesda, MD 20814, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16060 E Lindenwood Rd, Lindenwood, IL 61049, or Alive in Christ Church Lutheran, Alive in Christ Church Lutheran PO Box 90685 Tucson, AZ 85752.
Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL. For more information, call 888-629-0094.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 1100, N. Bethesda MD 20814
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16060 E Lindenwood Rd, Lindenwood IL 61049
Alive in Christ Church Lutheran
PO Box 90685, Tucson AZ 85752