August 23, 1942 – May 29, 2023
Raymond (Ray) Lawrence Aud, 80, of Lansing, IL passed away May 29, 2023.
Ray was born in Philpot, KY, to Lattie Martina and Sylvester Leo Aud on August 23, 1942. He was born at home during a flood.
He left Kentucky in 1965 to look for work; he moved to Whiting, IN, and found employment at what was then Youngstown Sheet and Tube. Ray worked in the steel industry for 53 years as, among other occupations, a crane operator for Arcelor Mittal. He was a member of the US Army Reserves in Wisconsin in the late 1960s.
In 1967 he met his future wife, Diana. The two were married in 1969 and spent over 53 years together. As a young couple they liked to dance at Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, IL. They lived in Calumet City, IL, before settling in Lansing, IL, where they lived for over 50 years. They had one daughter, Annmarie.
Ray enjoyed the simple pleasures of life like Dr. Pepper and strawberry ice cream. He was happy simply spending time with his wife watching old cowboy shows or playing board games with his daughter. He was a fan of the Chicago teams, especially the White Sox and the Bears. Ray enjoyed going out to eat with his family, working in his puzzle books, attending events like the Lake County Fair, and listening to classic country, particularly Conway Twitty and Barbara Mandrell.
His family wishes to thank Riley House (especially Donna) of Munster, IN, for their care in his final days.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Diana, caring daughter, Annmarie, and brothers Charles (Beverly) and Leon (Cecilia). He is preceded in death by parents Lattie Aud Payne and Slyvester Leo Aud, brothers William and Tom, sister Mary, and cherished family dogs Muffin and Daisy Mae.