Raymond Bankers, of Mora, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the st. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 80 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Gene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the servcie at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mora.
***Memorials to the Cancer Society***
Raymond Paul Bankers, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on April 19, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 80 years old.
Ray was born on September 17, 1932 to Theodore and Margaret (Jeuken) Bankers in Bock, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm and spent his life in the Ogilvie and Mora area along with his six siblings. He attended Ogilvie and Mora schools up until his senior year. He was united in marriage to Agnes J. Tatro on September 5, 1952. Through this union, five children were born and raised in unison on their dairy farm in the Mora area.
Throughout his years, Ray was a great and strong provider for his family in more ways than one. Ray worked different jobs while farming, up until 1977 when they sold the farm. At this time, in semi-retirement, Ray worked for local businesses. Ray and Agnes enjoyed travelling and spent many weekends at Polka fests, threshing shows, and visiting family and friends.
Ray was a very supporting person that everyone enjoyed being around, whether it be family gatherings, hunting, fishing, vacations, or holiday celebrations. He enjoyed many years in 4-H with his children and neighborhood 4-H participants. Ray was always ready to lend a helping hand to neighborhood farmers during planting and harvesting season, offering his carpenter skills or just lending an ear or shoulder to a weary soul. He was always the type of person that would fight for the underdog.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at St. Clare Living Community for the wonderful care and love they gave our father. Special thank you to Ray’s girls: you know who you are.
He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, James and LeRoy Bankers; sisters, Dorothy Boyer, Delores Stanton, Alice Schultz.
He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Agnes; sons, Ted (Kim) Bankers, Steve (Sandy) Bankers; daughters, Paulette Bankers, Debra Smith, JoAnn (Randy) Golly; sister, Margaret (Lowell) Strombeck; grandchildren: Chad, Gabe, Tim, Rebecca, Melissa, Dusty, Nick, Garey, Danny, MeeRa, and Dylan; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 24th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Father Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and St. Mary’s Choir. Pallbearers were Raymond’s grandsons: Gabriel Pankonin, Garey Pankonin, Dylan Bankers, Nick Bankers, Danny Bankers, Tim Golly and Chad Golly. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond’s granddaughters: Rebecca Baumann, Dusty Hurd, MeeRa Bankers, and Melissa Wallace. Interment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora. Memorials referred to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.