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Ray Leon Tritt, 87, of Sycamore, Illinois, passed away on June 28, 2017 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
Born January 2, 1930 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Albert and Elnora Tritt (nee March). Ray was a graduate of Carlisle High School and served the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952.
Ray was an active member of the Church of the Brethren in both Carlisle and Boulder Hill in Montgomery, IL. Through the Church he joined Brethren Volunteer Service and went to Kassel, Germany to help build a Peace Center. While there he met and married June Replogle on October 9, 1954. After coming home they settled in Easton, MD (1955-60), where Sharon and Mark were born, and Ray worked for the Walbridge Brothers, learning much about construction. Through the Church's foreign ministry department Ray built schools, clinics, houses and churches in Nigeria, Africa (1960-63). In 1963 Ray and June settled down in Illinois, and soon thereafter Steve was born. Ray continued his volunteer work in Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay and various places throughout the United States.
Later in life Ray joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb, where he was fondly known as able to fix anything, and will be remembered for establishing the Memorial Garden where his ashes will be spread.
A lifelong carpenter, Ray worked in all aspects of home building including vice president of construction for Volkshof, field supervisor for NIKA Corporation, project manager and construction inspector for the U.S. Postal Service, and building inspector for the Village of Oswego. In retirement he continued as a home inspector and ultimately owned and operated Tritt's Sharpening Service.
Ray was a voracious reader, consuming two to three books a week. He had many interests: jigsaw and soduku puzzles, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, traveling and woodworking. Forever a handyman, Ray enjoyed helping family and friends with their home projects.
Ray will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years, June, daughter Sharon Tritt of Montgomery, IL, son Mark of Mesa, AZ, and son Steve (Jill) of Sycamore, IL. He is the beloved grandfather of Kayla (Erik) Sykora, Spencer, and Alexandria Tritt, and great grandfather of Mark Sykora. He is also survived by his brother Clair and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Wayne, and sister Marie Mischitz.
A memorial service celebrating Ray's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 8, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb with Pastor Blake Richter officiating. Please arrive as early as 9:30 a.m. if you would like to view photographs and reminisce with the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Neighborhood Church of the Brethren, 155 Boulder Hill Pass, in Montgomery. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel. To share a memory or leave a condolence visit olsonfh.com

Condolences & Shared Memories (8)

  1. Kris and Dan Lubbs

    Dear June, we were so sad to hear of Ray's death. He was such a fine man. My parents and I always admired Ray for being so honest and for having so much integrity, and for being such a caring and loving person. I am sure your family will be lost without Ray. We are thinking of you and sending you prayers.

  2. John & Pat Hambly

    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your entire family at this time of your great loss.

  3. Rosanna Harpest

    Dearest June, Sharon, Mark and Steve: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ray’s tribute shines a light on just how much he lovingly gave in his life, how much he lived and enjoyed life, and how many lives were touched by his generosity and care. June, you and Ray were wonderful friends to our parents and meant so much to our Mom and Dad. You have both been role models and pillars in my own memories of growing up and as an adult. When Ray was working to add a room to my own family’s home, it was during a time of uncertainty for him as it was not that long after you were recuperating, June, from your own medical experience. Enjoying woodworking myself, Ray kindly shared about his building process and allowed me to help at times, even tutoring me in how to install the electrical outlets among other things. “Oh, it’s very safe…when you know what you’re doing”, he’d say with a smile. And it was during that time of construction that we talked. He shared of his concerns about the present and the future, of his hopes, but mostly I heard such profound love and support for you June, and for his family. May you all continue to feel the blessing of that profound love and support now as you move forward. Ray will be deeply missed because he was so genuinely loved and loving. My love to you all. Shalom, Rosanna

  4. Harold & Romy Mueller

    Dear June & family. We celebrate the memory of your beloved husband, Ray. While we have not lived nearby, you have always been in our thoughts & prayers. We treasure the Christmas poems Ray wrote with your greetings... such creativity. I recall the days in Kassel - the camping trip we took and nearly froze, to mention one event. We know you will miss him being physically with you but what a blessing the memories will be in the days ahead. We are sorry we cannot be with you for the service, but please know we are with you in spirit. May God bless you and your family richly. Sending our love and hugs...Harold & Romy

  5. Glen Draper

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ray and his family at Kulp Bible College near Kwarhi in Nigeria, W. Africe in 1962, helping him with building classrooms and student housing and extending the water well there. It was a rare learning experience, expanding my horizons and learning from Ray. I treasure the memories of him and your family. More recently, I was surprised to see a photo of BVSers in Kassell, Germany in 195? with my cousin, Glendon Button and church mate, Lyle Neher, along with Ray and June..., learning again how Christian service connects people in surprising ways and places. I feel privileged to have "walked" with you all.

  6. Sid and Carol Simmons

    Dear June, Sharon, Mark and Steve: What a treasure in our life to have met and known Ray as a cherished friend, church member and inspiration. He always had a smile on his face and a story to share. We were so fortunate to have enjoyed traveling to NOAC with June and Ray. The trip to North Carolina will always be a highlight of our life. We will miss him so much but will always treasure the memories. The family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Our Love, Carol and Sid

  7. Leah Oxley Harness

    Dear June, Sharon, Mark and Steve and your families: I have so many good memories of your Dad even though the time when we both were associated with Boulder Hill was brief. I very much appreciated his skills with his hands and his wisdom. I still cherish the decorative shelf he made for us as a Wedding gift; and that was 30 years ago! Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be at the Service next week, but that is not possible. Sending much love and hugs to each and all of you. Sincerely, Leah O. Harness

  8. Chuck and Mary Swynenberg

    Dear June and family, Mary and I were so sorry to hear about Ray having the problem and then Passing away. We have always considered Ray and you as being two of our best friends. Ray was a hard and crafted worker. We will miss his visits back to our Church in Boulder Hill. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. Chuck and Mary


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