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May 6, 1919 – Thursday, September 16, 2010

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, M
Monday, September 20, 2010
5:00 PM

Visitation Information

Raymond A. Ruzicka, age 91, of Winsted, Minnesota passed away Thursday, September 16, 2010, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, Minnesota.

Raymond A. Ruzicka was born May 6, 1919, in Winsted Township, McLeod County, Minnesota to Louis and Josephine (Lamott) Ruzicka. He grew up in Winsted Township and attended country schools. After school he helped on the family farm. Raymond was inducted into the United States Army during World War II.

Raymond was united in marriage to Lillian Helen “Billie” Gritz on October 14, 1942 in Buffalo, Minnesota. The couple owned and operated the Town Club in Silver Lake for a number of years. They then purchased a farm between Silver Lake and Winsted where he raised cattle. Ray and Billie and his brother Clifford and wife, Leona, owned and operated the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted for many years. After selling the Blue Note Ballroom 40 years ago, Ray kept busy doing a number of things including operating a peanut route and fishing at his lake cabin on Birch Lake near Hackensack. He enjoyed tinkering with woodworking and refinishing furniture. Ray enjoyed wintering in Brownsville, Texas for five years.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council # 8253, Winsted American Legion Post # 407, a former member of the Silver Lake American Legion Post # 141, and to the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Ray has been a resident at St. Mary’s Care Center for the past four and half years.

He is survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leroy “Hans” and wife Joan Gritz of San Diego, CA.; several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Josephine Ruzicka, wife Lillian “Billie” on October 31, 2004, brother Clifford and his wife Leona, and three nephews, Raymond Schermann, Ralph Ruzicka, and Kenneth Gritz.

Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond “Ray” Ruzicka will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minnesota. Father Tony Hesse will be the Celebrant. Entombment Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitations will be held at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted on Monday, September 20th from 1pm to 2pm. Visitation continues at the Chilson Funeral Chapel on Monday, September 20th from 2:30 until time of services.

Casket Bearers are Dean Schermann, Tom Schermann, Paul Schermann, Harry Engle, Don Cuhel and Jeremy Cardinal.

The Chilson Funeral Chapel of Winsted is serving the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

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