Raymond Fredlund, 91, died May 15, 2017, at Baton Rouge, following a long illness. Ray was born July 31, 1925, to Nils Victor and Alice (Mason) Fredlund in Valley Stream, New York. Ray graduated from Valley Stream (NY) High School in 1943. As a teenager, he served as an aircraft "spotter," learning to identify and report enemy aircraft should the East Coast come under attack as World War II broke out. He put his interest in flying to work in the European theater in World War II as a navigator in the Army Air Corps 487th Bomb Group. He married Lorene Jesse in 1947 and completed a degree in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in 1950. Not long after graduation the couple and their eldest child moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, where Ray began a life-long career at Dow Chemical. In 1957, the growing family relocated to Plaquemine, where Ray became the Supervisor of a new plant producing caustic soda and other products. Ray was active in various civic organizations during his working years. He served as a state and national delegate for the Republican Party of Louisiana from 1968 through 1980. He was active in the Louisiana and Texas Archaeological Societies and volunteered on many research projects. In retirement, Ray volunteered on the Ashkelon excavations in Israel, ending his archaeology "career" as a field supervisor. He participated in community theater, sometimes playing Scrooge in Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He served as chair of the Louisiana Department of Labor Board of Review and volunteered as a literacy coach. He and his second wife, Jo, traveled the world through the Elder Hostel program. His most recent home was St. James Place in Baton Rouge, where he enjoyed many friendships. Ray will be fondly remembered for his intellectual curiosity, quirky sense of humor, and dedication to family, friends, and community. Ray was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorene Jesse; second wife, Josephine Crosby; his parents, brothers Walter, George, and Victor, and sisters Octavia (Fisher) and Virginia (David). He is survived by sons Loren "Fred" (Lynn Adams), Austin, TX, and Glen (Linea Sundstrom), Shorewood, WI, and daughters Alice (Oliver Boyd), Baton Rouge, Susan (John Shupe), Houston, TX, and Taffie (Zac Welch), Baton Rouge; grandchildren Jessie and Carl Fredlund and Timothy (Tara Ordoyne) and Elissa Lorene Redden; and great-grandson Timothy Redden Jr. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at the Duplantier Room, St. James Place, 333 West Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, July 15, 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the ASPCA or Hospice of Baton Rouge.
Published by The Advocate from Jul. 7 to Jul. 15, 2017.