Raymond A. Palka

July 13, 1956 - February 13, 2013
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Mr. Raymond A. Palka

Poplar Grove, ILRaymond A. Palka, 56, of Poplar Grove, IL died peacefully, Wednesday evening February 13, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family from complications of Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Ray was born July 13, 1956 in Hammond, Indiana the son of Stas and Anna (Wrona) Palka. He married Wendy J. Sanders on June 27, 1992 in Poplar Grove, IL. Ray worked for Carlson Distributors for 25 years; he then worked for Candlewick Lake Association, Edwards Apple Orchard and the Rockford Park District. Ray was a member of the Northern Illinois Bass Masters. He was also a member of the Poplar Grove Lions Club and was a former trustee for the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church where he was a member.Ray is loved and will be missed by his wife Wendy; children Lindsey and Alex both at home; brother Stan (Maureen) Palka of Belvidere; sister Bernie (Gary) Gamlin of Bowling Green, KY; sister in-law Rhonda (Hal) Sutton of Rockton, IL; brother in-law John (Gina) Sanders of Belvidere, IL; many nieces and nephews. Ray is predeceased by his parents and brother Denny Palka.

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Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday February 19, 2013 in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL. Cremation to follow. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the funeral home with burial of cremated remains in Belvidere Cemetery; Rev. Paul Nolden of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church will officiate.


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Born: July 13, 1956
Died: February 13, 2013

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Maureen Love posted on 2/23/13

Wendy,Just learned Raymond has past away, wanted to extend heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.


John Wolf/ Wolf Automotive family posted on 2/19/13

God bless and keep you all during this time. Ray was a wonderful man and a good friend of everyone at Wolf Automotive. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength".


Katrina Sawchuk-Edwards posted on 2/19/13

So sorry for your loss. Prayers and healing thoughts to the Palks family.


Kori Hoffman posted on 2/19/13

Wendy, What a special man he was and so blessed to have you and such a wonderful family. I am so sorry for you loss.


Sharron Meade posted on 2/18/13

I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was truly one of the nicest men I have ever met. I saw him several times at Magda's when he would stop over to visit while we were playing cards. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Suzanne Graff and family posted on 2/17/13

We will always remember Ray and his smile. He was so easy to talk to and the many times I saw him, he was lending a helping hand. Our loss is heavens gain. I wish you peace, Wendy, Lindsay, and Alex, until we can all see Ray again. God be with you. Love, Bill, Suzanne, Ashley, Kyle, and Troy Graff


Glenn & Gracen Smith posted on 2/17/13

I'am deeply sorry to say that we lost a very good person. He was an extremely well liked co-worker and become a dear friend to me. We will all truly miss Ray at Sportscore Complexes


Lorel G. Nilsen posted on 2/15/13

To all of Ray's loved ones, You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we say good bye to one of the all time nice guys. Ray coached the Belvidere Police Women's softball team and we loved him for it! So many good times for us to remember until we are together again. God's richest blessings on you all.


JW posted on 3/3/13

May you find comfort in the scripture found at Revelation 21:3,4. Sincere condolences.


Carrie Hill posted on 2/20/13

Thinking of you during this difficult time.