WATERMAN — Raymond G. “Rick” Findlay, 81, of Waterman, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Prairie Crossing Nursing Home in Shabbona.
He was born on March 12, 1932, in Wheatland Township, the son of James E. and Catherine (Becker) Findlay Sr. Rick was united in marriage on June 16, 1962, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Joliet, to the former Judith Donnelly Novak and they spent the next 51 happy years together. Rick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Findlay was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, and formerly a member of its Parish Council. Rick served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957, having been stationed in Germany. He farmed in the Waterman area for many years. Rick was formerly employed for 8 years by Dolder Electric and later by Rossi Pizza, both in Waterman. Findlay was very involved in his community as a Waterman Little League Coach, a 4-H Leader, and was a Clinton Township Board member. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Rick was very involved with his children and grandchildren, attending many of their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Findlay of Waterman; his daughters, Patti (Brian) Blumhorst of Mendota, Ginger (Slade) Browder of Waterman, and Susan (David) Lilja of Paw Paw; his grandchildren, Jessica (Patrick) Hagerty of Aurora, Chance Blumhorst of Rockford, Brianne Blumhorst of Mendota, Katie Browder of Waterman, Zachary Lilja of Paw Paw, Trae Blumhorst of Mendota, and Matthew Browder of Waterman; his brother, Vernon (Ada) Findlay of Plainfield; sisters-in-law, Jean Findlay of Plainfield, and Nadine Findlay of Lockport; a special cousin, Clara Ann Babel of Big Rock; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Catherine Findlay; his son, Jack Findlay; six brothers, John, Robert, Joseph, James, Ralph and William Findlay; and two sisters, Dorothy (Leo) Pope and Bernice (Bill) Book.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. James Catholic Church, 231 W. Kirke Gate, Lee, with the Rev. Bonaventure Okoro officiating. Interment will follow in the St. James Catholic Cemetery in Lee.
Friends may visit from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 1001 E. Garfield St., Waterman.
A memorial tribute in Rick’s name will be established by his family.