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Obituary for Rande L. Ray

Rande L. Ray, 52, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Originally from Darlington, Wis., Rande joined the United States Army after his 18th birthday, where he served in the 82D Airborne Division. During his time of service, Rande received multiple achievement awards including The Good Conduct Medal and The Army Achievement Metal before being honorably discharged in January of 1990. Rande will be remembered most for his caring heart and sarcastic attitude. Whether he was cracking a joke of his own or crying from laughter from one of Malcolm’s jokes; we will always remember Rande for the kind spirited human being he was and we will carry on his legacy forever. Rande is survived by the mother of his two children, Lee Anna Howell; his son, Malcolm (Nissa) Ray; daughter, Darion Ray (Will Gaines); brother, Richard P. (Debra) Ray; four sisters, Deborah L. (Randy) Loken, Donna D. (Karl) Baker, Beth A. (Thomas) Weber, and Deena M. (Robert) Gabel; 14 nieces and nephews; his loving mother, Brenda P. Ray; and last but not least, his best friend and cat, Rupert Ray. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Ray on Feb. 16, 2016, in Darlington, Wis. A celebration of life will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sept. 30, 2017 at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd. La Crosse. Please close friends and family only. Online condolences may be sent at