Raymond F. “Ray” Nurre, 96, of Dyersville, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at MercyOne Senior Care, Dyersville.
Visitation was held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where the American Legion Post #137 gathered at 5 p.m. Visitation continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral mass.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors were accorded by American Legion Post #137. Rev. Tyler Raymond officiated.
Ray was born April 9, 1925 in Petersburg, the son of Clem and Rose (Herbers) Nurre. He served in the US Army during WWII. Ray married Joan Weber Nov. 22, 1949 in Colesburg. Together they enjoyed 71 fruitful years of marriage. They farmed just north of Dyersville while raising their five children. After retirement from the farm, Ray and Joan moved to Dyersville where Ray was employed at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville as a groundskeeper/custodian.
Ray loved the many dances with Joan and playing Euchre with family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post #137, Knights of Columbus, Church Circle Leaders, polka club, and played the coronet for the Dyersville Municipal Band. He enjoyed family gatherings and his role of entertainment, playing the harmonica.
Ray is survived by his wife, Joan; children: Steven (Teresa) Nurre of Ocala, Fla., Michael (Trudy) Nurre of Dyersville, Patricia (Lynn) Lilienthal of Tipton, Julie (Gary) Deutmeyer of New Vienna, Connie (Philip) Purser of Bradenton, Fla.; grandchildren: Christy (Ed) Neumann, Andrea (Nick) Peacock, Kelly (Arron) Wulfekuhle, Aaron Nurre, Emily Ross, Adam (Emily) Nurre, Natalie (Jeremy) Riniker, Jake (Yessica) Deutmeyer; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ralph (Lillian) Nurre of Dyersville, Norma Vaughn (Dale Budde) of Dubuque, Marian (Neil) White of Monticello; in-laws: Connie Weber of Dyersville, Jim (Mary) Weber of Cedar Rapids, John (Deb) Weber of Longmont, Colo., Betty Weber of Holy Cross, Dick Haupert of Dubuque.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Cleo (Wilma) Nurre, Rita (Leo) Bockenstedt, Caroline Nurre; in-laws: Jay Vaughn, Catherine (Roland) Westhoff, Alice (Charlie) Nurre, Donna (John) Kruse, Joe Weber, and Angeline Haupert.
The family would like to thank the staff at MercyOne Senior Care and Ellen Kennedy Center for their loving care.
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family. Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com and online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.