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Raymond Rangitsch, 87 of Billings passed away peacefully Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Valley Health Care.

The son of Barney and Matilda Rangitsch, Ray was born March 23, 1921 at Bridger, MT. He graduated from Bridger High School in 1939.

In 1942 Ray enlisted in the United Sates Marine Corps, (Raiders). He served in many of the Pacific Island campaigns and received the Purple Heart. He was one of four Rangitsch brothers to serve in the military during WWII.

Ray married LuVon Herndon in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1987. He married his high school sweetheart, Catherine (Bostic) Brabec in 1999.

Survivors include his wife Catherine of Billings, three sisters, Elizabeth (Frank) Wellner, Lucille (Jack) Kindleman, and Genevieve (Darle) Hemmy all of Billings, two brothers, Larry (Ellen) of New York and Alvin (Betty) of Wyoming. Also surviving are stepdaughter Mickey Dilulo and stepsons, Darrel (Glenda), Rick (Linda), and Jerry (Margaret).

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Victor, and brothers Bernard, Jim and Kenneth.

Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass and Military Honors will be 10am Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church. Interment at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, Evansville, WY will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.