Ray E. Burlison

Ray E. Burlison, age 68, of Turtle Lake, N.D., died Friday, March 22, 2013, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, with Pastor George Schuessler officiating.

Ray was born on Jan. 1, 1945, in Canton, Okla., to Grady and Margarite (Wahl) Burlison. He attended Canton Public Schools and was active in a variety of sports. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a crash rescue fireman. While stationed at the Minot Air Force Base, he met Luella Knudtson. They were married on June 7, 1965, in Wichita, Kan.

Eventually settling in Minot, they owned and operated several businesses and raised two daughters. They moved to Washington state in 1978. Ray retired from The Boeing Company in 2001. In 2007, he and his wife Lu returned home to North Dakota and made their home in Turtle Lake.

Ray was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 753 of Minot. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed teaching his daughters and grandchildren how to fish (however, not to catch). Ray was a talented woodworker and made several treasured gifts for his loved ones. He was a proud member of the Masons and enjoyed participating in parades as part of the Motor Squadron in Kem and Nile Temples of the Shrine.

He is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Luella Burlison, of Turtle Lake; two daughters, Michelle Burlison, of Puyallup, Wash., and Raylene (Nick) Alred, of Graham, Wash.; three grandchildren, Sierra, Jacob and Alina Schleining, of Graham, Wash.; one sister, Beth (Bill) Geiger, of Longdale, Okla.; two brothers, Bob (Karen) Burlison, of Hurst, Texas, and Richard Burlison, of Wichita, Kan.; and two beloved sidekicks, Ruby and Zoe (dogs).

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Joann Nataanson; one brother, Vernon, and his sidekick dog Bingo.

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