Ray Allen Deithloff was born February 24, 1963 to Suanne (Schrock) and Allen E. Deithloff, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He passed away at his home in Hampshire, Illinois on July 13, 2020 at the young age of 57 while battling neuroendocrine cancer. Ray was a beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Grandpa.
Ray married the love of his life Maria "Ree" Montelongo on January 10, 1987. He adored his wife and often expressed to his children, “I’m a lucky man; they don’t make ‘em like your mom anymore”. Ray was a family-man who dedicated his life to making sure his family was taken care of. He enjoyed home life, watching old westerns, tinkering on projects, sharing his wisdom to all who would listen, caring for his birch trees “his girls”, admiring his dream pickup truck “Ofie”, and dreaming of the mountains out west.
With 40 years of experience, Ray was known to be a master of his trade as a truck driver. He took pride in haulin’ freight in his big rig. He was known on the road by his handle, “Red Eye” and had a lifelong perfect driving record of over 6 million miles that he was very proud of. He was an old-school man who believed in loyalty and worked the majority of his career for T.H. Ryan Cartage Company.
To his family, he is remembered as a man of strong moral code who taught his children that there is honor in hard work, to dedicate yourself to doing what’s right always, to be deeply rooted in values and stand firm by them, to appreciate your freedoms and honor those who protect it, to always right your wrongs and the importance and value of family. He was a patriotic man who loved his country,and whose personality and humor was enticing to those around him.
In addition to his loving wife (Maria) of 33 years, he was survived by his 7 children, Kathy, Abe (Megan), Ilce (Santiago), Jenny, Eric (Heather), Jason (Michelle) and Ashley (Cord); his 10 grandchildren, Isabel, Dylan, Damien, Eva, Michelle, Victoria, Myla, Olivia, Chloe and Sophia; his mother, Sue; and his siblings, Denise, Sue, Linda and Carl.
He was preceded in death by his admired father, Allen and his sweet sister, Wendy.
Keeping in compliance with the current CDC recommendations regarding gathering size. Please be aware that only 50 people will be allowed in the visitation room at a time. All visitors must keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet, and refrain from hugging or consoling the mourners. Upon entering the building all attendees must wear a face covering at all times within the funeral home.
A visitation for Ray will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Willow Funeral Home 1415 W. Algonquin Rd., (one mile east of Randall Rd.) Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Illinois. Ray will be laid to rest on Tuesday with his family at Alamo Cemetery in Alamo, Nevada.
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