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Raymond L. "Ray" Jondro

Ramon L. "Ray" Jondro, age 79 of Rapid City, SD, died Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Ramon Lester "Ray" Jondro was born October 20, 1930, to Archie and Pearl (Amundson) Jondro in Duluth, MN. Ray's youth and early adult life were spent in Duluth. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1948, then attended two years of junior college. He worked with his father in the family business at Jondro Motors off and on for several years.

He entered the Navy Reserves in 1947, then joined the Army in 1951 serving in the Korean War. Ray was a P.O.W. After his active duty discharge in 1953, he remained in the Army Reserves until 1960.

While in the service he met Barbara Lyons and they were married May 1, 1953 in Kansas City, MO. To this union two daughters were born, Peggy and Penny.

Ray was a true salesman. He joined General Mills in 1954 serving as regional manager in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ray then went to work for Maytag in 1964 as a regional sales manager moving his family to Iowa, Ohio, New York and finally Florida. While in Orlando, FL, he owned and operated Hampton Maytag until poor health forced him into retirement in the late 1990s.

In February 1978, he married Sharon Pollard. This union added two more children to Ray's family, Billy and Tris.

Ray truly enjoyed his life, his family, traveling to Europe, his horses, flying, fishing and hunting.

Health issues in the last couple of years required him to be close to family in Washington with Tris, Florida with Penny and South Dakota with Peggy and the Norton Guest Home in Rapid City.

Ray and his family want to thank Donna and David Norton and Theresa for the wonderful, loving care they gave to dad. You were truly a blessing to us. Dad loved being there with you and it was a comfort to know that he was in such good hands.

We also want to thank the Hospice House for making dad's last hours comfortable.

Ray is survived by three daughters, Peggy (Larry) Gravatt of Elm Springs, SD, Penny (David) Morterud of Freeport, FL, Tris (Mike) Samberg-Hablewitz of Bothell, WA; brother, Scott (Debbie) Jondro of Prior Lake, MN; three grandchildren, Brad Bookbinder of Sioux Falls, SD, Sarah Arthur of Freeport, FL, and Jeffrey Hablewitz of Bothell, WA; a brother-in-law, Dave Manz, of Hayward, WI; two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Barbara, second wife Sharon, step-son, Billy, and a sister, Vernie Manz.

Memorial services will be held at a later date with interment at the Elm Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com