Ray DuChene Free, Major General USAR, Ret. 92, passed away August 9, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born January 4, 1910 in Weston, ID to J. Roy and Jennie DuChene Free.
Served a mission for the LDS Church in Germany, Swiss German Mission.
Upon his return he married his eternal companion and sweetheart, Louise Wilcken, on June 26, 1935 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Ray lived a life of service. He served valiantly in the LDS church as a High Council Member, Bishop and a Sealer in the Salt Lake Temple along with many other positions.
Upon graduation from the U of U, Ray received a commission in the United States Army.
He was proud to serve his country for five years during World War II in the Pacific Theater, where he received the Purple Heart. He continued to serve with the Army Reserve attaining the rank of Major General, and served as Commander of the 96th ARCOM and as Deputy Chief of Reserve Components USAR. Ray also served as National President of the Reserve Officers Association.
Ray owned and operated Hygeia Ice Company, Hygeia Iceland and Carbo Chemical Co. for over 40 years. He was a pioneer in establishing Sugar House Park and served as trustee for many years. Ray helped organize and served as the first President of Granite National Bank. He was a member of Sugar House Rotary Club serving in many capacities including President of the Sugar House Club and as District Governor of the Utah and Idaho Clubs.
Ray served in the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was honored with the Silver Antelope Award.
For over 10 years, Ray served in the Utah House of Representatives. Along with his other good friend, the late Henry W. Richards, Ray was instrumental in bringing the Paso Fino horses into this area. He had a great love for horses, enjoyed riding them and sharing them with others.
Ray was an avid supporter and donor of his alma mater, the University of Utah. He loved the football and basketball games and was honored as their Super Fan in 1999.
His enthusiasm for the game will be missed.
We love you and will miss you.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in his name be made to the Primary Children's Hospital.
Survived by wife, Louise; sons, David R. (Jeanie) Free; Charles W. (Linda) Free; Richard W. (Vickie) Free; Stephen J. (Maureen) Free; daughter, Madeline L. Free; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by two brothers, Byron and James; parents; son, Jarold Ray Free; grandson, Thomas Free.
Funeral services will be Aug 13, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Winder 9th Ward Chapel, 1475 East 4705 South. Family and friends may call Mon. from 6-8 p.m. at Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive and Tues. from 9:30-10:30 at the church. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens.