In Memory of Raymond Belisle

Visitation

10:00 am
Monday July 12, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Monday July 12, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Final Place of Rest

2:00 pm
Monday July 12, 2021
Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery
721 190th Ave
Balsam Lake WI,

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Raymond “Ray” Theodore Belisle, age 66 of Beldenville, WI, and formerly of Centuria/St. Croix Falls, WI, died suddenly at his home on July 5, 2021. Ray was born in Minneapolis, MN, to Raymond Alfred and Marion Marie (Schmidt) Belisle. He grew up in the Blaine, MN area and graduated from Spring Lake Park High School with the Class of 1973.

Ray worked for decades in manufacturing, where he provided management and quality assurance oversight while at Polaris, Specialty Engineering, and HB Elevators.  Ray earned the respect of many for his mechanical mind and his eye for detail. He was also very handy with construction and carpentry work and could build almost anything. He was the kind of guy who never hesitated to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. Outside of work, Ray had an affinity for the outdoors… hunting, fishing, and shooting were among his favorite things to do. That and a good Western. Ray lived for a few years in Texas and considered it his second home. He was a true cowboy at heart.

Ray was one of those guys everyone loved to be around. Quick with a smile and a story, he loved to indulge in a good conversation with friend or stranger alike.   His trademark chuckle and jovial demeanor were infectious, reminding others to slow down and take stalk of what mattered most of all.

Over the last few years, Ray bravely fought a battle to regain his health. Even amid constant disappointment, he focused on what was going well, always finding the bright side. But that was Ray. No matter what the obstacle, he somehow found the silver lining. He would tell you that his faith gave him his optimism, strength, and solace.  Knowing that he was a child of God brought him profound comfort and peace.

But it was Ray’s family that brought him joy. He was immensely proud to be the dad of his two boys and always strove to give them the best life possible. Then came the grandkids, who were the lights of his life. And they adored him. Although this moment is full of profound sadness, we continue to see his influence alive in those who loved him. How lucky for the world that he was here. He will be deeply missed.

Ray is survived by his sons, Derek (Briana) Belisle and Jason (Pam) Belisle; his grandchildren, Austin, Rafe, Everett, and Evangeline; his brother, Don Belisle; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Terry and Brett.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 12, 2021, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division Street in River Falls, with Rev. Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation will take place at the church one hour before Mass.  The mass will be livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/saintbridget. Burial to follow the same day at Ray’s final resting place at 2:00 pm in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, 721 190th Ave in Balsam Lake, WI . The family encourages memorials honoring Ray to be directed to St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. Services entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls, WI. 715-425-5644

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  • I went to school with Ray. He was my right tackle in football. As a quarterback, having a good tackle is critical. He protected me well for several years and as I read his family tributes I see he continued to protect those around him throughout his life. My thoughts go out to the family and I will say a prayer for good old #73.

  • Uncle “Robbie” was part of some of my fondest childhood memories. I will never forget his voice or his smile. Though, I can’t remember why I called him Robbie. (I think that was my dad’s doing.) He is truly one of my favorite people to ever exist. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person. I wish I were able to be there like everyone was when my dad passed. Uncle Robbie was a huge support for me during that time. I will forever idolize him.

    I love you all.

  • Uncle “Robbie” was part of some of my fondest childhood memories. I will never forget his voice or his smile. Though, I can’t remember why I called him Robbie. (I think that was my dad’s doing.) He is truly one of my favorite people to ever exist. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person. I wish I were able to be there like everyone was when my dad passed. Uncle Robbie was a huge support for me during that time. I will forever idolize him.

    I love you all.

    Love,
    Tara

  • Derek, Jason and family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I have so many memories growing up with you guys across the street from us.
    I always remember going across the street to Rays and having popcorn with potatoes chips mixed together.
    Ray will be missed!
    Sincerely,
    Shelley