Range Funeral Homes


Raymond C. Luukkonen

10/15/1929 - 09/28/2018

Raymond C. Luukkonen, 88, of Cherry, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Virginia Serviceman’s Club at 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Military Honors will be accorded by Virginia Honor Guard. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

Raymond Clifford Luukkonen was born October 15, 1929 in Zim to Albert and Helmi (Hendrickson) Luukkonen. He was raised in Zim and attended schools in Cherry. Following school, he worked with his brothers in the woods. On July 28, 1951, he was united in marriage to Nancy Anderson in Fort Smith AR. In 1951, Raymond was drafted into the Army and he received his honorable discharge in 1953.

Following his military service, he worked as a mechanic on heavy equipment for road construction. He spent 11 years with Hoover Construction, 25 years with Ulland Brothers, and had worked for various other companies. He was very proud to have built the family home from top to bottom.

Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with family and friends.

He was a former commander of the VFW Post #1113 and lifetime member of the Legion Post #239. Raymond was also a Local 49 union member for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Cherry; sons, Chris (Laurel) Luukkonen of Cherry and Steven (Dorothy) Luukkonen of Carlin, NV; daughter, Nancy “Elaine” Kehn of Hibbing; 7 Grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren; 5 Great-Great Grandchildren; sisters: Esther Koivunen and Lorraine Aho; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers, and 3 sisters.


8 thoughts on “Raymond C. Luukkonen”

  1. Art & Edie (Thompson) Kaunonen says:

    Nancy and family,

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your
    family in the passing of Raymond. (I am a
    classmate of your sister Karen.)

  2. Suzanne Akerman says:

    Dearest Nancy and your children: May your days be filled with calm. Thinking of you always, and the few afternoons in your home. From a classmate of your daughter and daughter-in-law.

  3. Jody Koschak says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever miss giving that rascal a hard time. Jody (from Jue’s)

  4. Jim and Kathy Prokopec says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Was nice seeing you both this past August .. Our Sympathy , Jim and Kathy Prokopec

  5. Bret and Lori Ojala says:

    We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Bret & Lori

  6. Gary Cavallin says:

    I first met Ray on the Dunka River railroad bridge in 1969. We worked on several jobs after that for both Hoover & Ullands. A good guy to work with and a friend. Gary Cavallin.

  7. Mindy Hey says:

    i remember Ray at Virginia Servicemens club Virginia MN

  8. Sharon Terzich says:

    Heard of Ray’s passing and want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your children. Treasure all the wonderful memories and he’ll live forever in your hearts!

    Sharon Terzich
    (Vic Laurich’s daughter)

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Wednesday 10/03/2018 at 11:00 A.M.
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