Raymond A. “Ray” Schaus, 85, of Granite City, was called home at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
He was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Lemay, Mo., a son of the late William and Anna (Bueltmann) Schaus. He married Glenda Lee (Page) Schaus on April 8, 1950, in St. Louis and she passed away on April 22, 2007.
Ray worked as a Servisoft owner, delivered the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and worked as a partner with his son, Danny, for the Insta Rain Irrigations Systems. The United States Marine Corps veteran proudly served his country as a Sergeant during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals and was also the recipient of the Korean Service and United Nations medals. He was a dedicated member of Holy Family Parish in Granite City. Ray enjoyed watching the Cardinals, Rams, Blues and college basketball. He also loved eagle-watching with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid reader, enjoyed the symphony and the Three Tenors were his favorite. He was happiest when he had any part of his large family visiting him. His voice soothed every grandchild he proudly held. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Dave Schaus of Granite City, Richard and Vicki Schaus of Granite City, Robert and Cindy Schaus of Granite City, Dan and Carolyn Schaus of Granite City and Michael and Lora Schaus of Cahokia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Ricky Moe of Granite City and Susan and Greg Faulkner of Granite City; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marily Schaus of St. Louis; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Marie Benz; daughter-in-law, Kathie Schaus; and a brother, Harold Schaus.
The family would like to thank the staff from Gateway Regional Medical Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion shown to our father and grandfather.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Gateway Hospice or to Holy Family School and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.