Obituaries

Raymond Edward Ralston

October 17, 1924 - October 24, 2021

Raymond RalstonRaymond Edward Ralston, 97, of Batavia passed away peacefully Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Ekstam Assisted Living in Batavia  He was born October 17, 1924, in Chicago, IL,  the son of Thomas and Lillian (Anderson) Ralston. 

He is survived by his nephew Donald Walker, and niece Laurel Dunn.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Elizabeth. 

A private visitation and funeral was held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  Interment was held at Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake, IL. 

Guest Book

  • Bev Witcher A true pleasure having Ray in our family. Always kind, gentle and fun to be around. He will be missed.
  • Laurel Dunn Raymond Ralston, born on October 17, 1924, passed on October 25, 2021. One can't sum up all the living that happened between those two dates except to say Ray's was a life well lived. Ray grew up happily: loving mother and adored stepfather. He dipped his toe on the wild side, but when he met Mary he knew he wanted to be a better man. And he was. They were the quintessential Love Birds till the day she died and then beyond. Ray was, always, a loving husband, brother, uncle and dog dad. He was caring, dapper and darling at the same time. His hobby, his passion, if you will, was cars, and he was thankful Mary was so supportive of his regular new purchases. He worked hard all his working days, was highly regarded among his peers, and he and Mary achieved the good life. He was a grateful man. He was nonjudgmental and appreciative of the love and care bestowed upon him. In his advanced years he talked about life, his life, how lucky he was to have Mary, how the world has changed. How growing old is not easy. And about how much he loved breakfast! We have to look in wonder and amazement and marvel at this life well lived. We will forever remember and miss that twinkle in his eye and his "I love a little mischievousness" smile. Laurel Dunn: Niece
  • Donald Walker I became part of the family on March 2, 1968, when I wed your niece, Linda, daughter of your sister, Lucy, and her husband, Rich. I was welcomed with open arms by you and the rest of the family, including your beloved wife, Mary, as well as your other sister, Elaine and her husband Gordon. Ray, we have seen so much sadness in our recent years together, watching as our family grow smaller and smaller until it was just the two of us. Jesus has brought us through all the tough times. I remember our Sunday night dinners at our favorite place, Corfu, in St. Charles. We would have great talks, covering all sorts of topics whether reminiscingabout Mary, our past family gatherings, or even in your love of cars. I still remember your "electric blue" Honda with the air scoop and all the bells & whistles that anyone could want! You sure got the looks from the ladies driving that car! I am going to miss our visits at Ekstam where you spend your final days, but I know I will see you again in Heaven! As I told you often, I love you and I know that you are now safe in the arms of Jesus. Most of all, I smile when I think that you are now reunited with your sisters, with your niece, and most of all, your beloved Mary. You will truly be missed. Donald R Walker: Nephew