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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Wednesday January 12th, 2022

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St. Stephen's Cemetery
Wednesday January 12th, 2022

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Raymond R. Harcharik

Raymond R. Harcharik, 98, of Streator passed away peacefully on Monday January 3, 2022, at Pleasant View Lutheran in Ottawa, Illinois. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 AM at St. Michael The Archangel’s Church, Streator with Monsignor Philip Halfacre officiating. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery with military conducted by members of the Streator American Legion and VFW.

Born April 2, 1923, in Streator, Ray was the son of John and Anna (Tutko) Harcharik.
Ray is survived by his many nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Roberta Foster.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Mary (George) Wargo, Helen (Floyd) Reynolds, Anne (Edward) Fitzgerald; and his brothers John (Evelyn) Harcharik, Joseph (Ann) Harcharik, Gerald (Beverly) Harcharik, and Albert (Evelyn) Harcharik.

Ray was a graduate of St. Stephen’s Grade School and graduated from Streator High School in 1941. He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church and currently belonged to St. Michael The Archangel Parish.

Following high school Ray served in the Army in Europe during WWII from 1943-1946. Upon returning from the war, Ray worked for Thatcher’s Bottle Manufacturing Company for 40 years and retired in 1985.

Over his lifetime, Ray donated over 23 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.
He was an avid bowler and golfer. He loved to garden, and he loved to read. He was a die-hard White Sox fan. Ray had a very quick wit. But mostly “Uncle Ray” was a man of great faith who was so very kind, caring, generous and compassionate to all those he knew. He made a great and loving impact on his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Memorials will be directed to the American Red Cross or a charity of the donors choice.

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A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Aaron Doughan Jan 10 2022 2:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Kathleen Knudsen Doughan Jan 10 2022 12:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Trisha Nelson Jan 7 2022 8:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Kim Roberts Jan 7 2022 6:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Kerri (Campbell) Promenschenkel Jan 6 2022 10:36 PM

Uncle Ray was a great man. I enjoyed working with him and golfing with him. He always had a smile on his face. He was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed.

Gene & Barb Harcharik Jan 6 2022 8:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Harcharik

Jim Harcharik Jan 6 2022 2:07 PM

My Uncle Ray was a Renaissance Man who along with my father, Joe, who was Ray's older brother, were the most decent men I have ever had the honor to know. From frequent visits to my family after the sudden death of my father, to Ray's interest in all things from my Little Red Corvette Convertible to my attendance for 36 years at the Masters Golf Tournament, his curiosity was boundless. He especially loved everything golf and often questioned me at length about my Masters stories and experiences from volunteering all over the country for the PGA Tour. We would talk for hours. He was especially good at playing the harmonica and was excited that during the recent pandemic I started playing both the harmonica and electric guitar. Bowling was another sport at which Uncle Ray was extremely accomplished. He was also a veteran, but rarely spoke of his service in Germany. His greatest traits were his faith in God, his decency to all, his humility and kindness, and his generosity. The mold was broken when God created this Renaissance Man. The day he died I know his trip was swift and straight into the hands of his Creator. Rest in peace my dear Uncle, and thank you so much for everything.
Your nephew,
Jim Harcharik
Parrish, Florida

Jim Harcharik Jan 6 2022 2:05 PM

Remember Bowling with Ray we called him Uncle Ray what a great bowler and all around great person he never had nothing bad to say about anyone what a super gentleman he will be greatly missed RIP Ray !

Dan Harback Jan 6 2022 1:02 PM

I first met Ray back in the '60's at Thatchers, played softball with the shifts. When I came home from Nam I golfed with him and all of our large group. He was absolutely the most kindest man and golfer I ever played with. I'm so sorry to have missed his visitation. Not any of us left from that '70's group.

Willy Williamson Jan 6 2022 12:18 PM