Louis “Ray” Lefebvre, 93, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on June 23, 1924 to Isadore and Beatrice Lefebvre, passed away on October 16, 2017 at the Arbor Rose assisted living in Mesa, Arizona.
Ray served in the Navy during WW II for six years. Following his military years, he had a small restaurant in Rhode Island. He joined Montgomery Wards and was transferred from store to store throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Ray finally ended his 33-year career in the Chicago area in 1985. After his retirement, Ray went on to real estate school and got his broker’s license. He went to work with his then son-in-law, Jon Welker, in Barrington, Illinois for a couple of years. Finally, he wanted to travel in his RV, so that’s what he did with his wife Linda. They traveled to Alaska several times to go fishing and sightseeing with his brother-in-law, Archie, and sister-in –law, Sharon. They took many trips with the Avion Club, trips to Florida and Ohio, Canada, Mexico, or wherever they wanted to go. They always had to stop at a Casino on their trips using their parking lots as a free campground. During the summers, he ran a family owned campground in Woodstock, Illinois.
In 1995, they bought a park model at Superstition Sunrise Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona preparing to settle down there when it was time to quit traveling. While at Superstition Sunrise, he volunteered for many things, including running the Cabana, Saturday morning breakfasts, steak fries, and specialty dinners. He just loved cooking and working with his many volunteers. He played water volley ball a couple nights a week, he enjoyed reading the gospel at Chapel once a month during the winter season. He enjoyed sitting out on Henry Fonda Street, our street at Superstition Sunrise, when all the winter visitors came back to Arizona just talking, telling jokes, and drinking coffee. He spent his last years in Apache Junction at Superstition Sunrise Resort in the winter and for 3 years he spent the summers in Show Low, Arizona. When it became too hard to travel in the RV, Superstition Sunrise became his home.
Ray leaves his wife of 48 years, Linda Lower Lefebvre; a sister, Connie Menneke of Rome, New York; a son, Louis R, Jr (Chuck) Carol Lefebvre from Rushsylvania, Ohio; a daughter, Hazel Welker Asti (husband Pierre Asti) from Libertyville, Illinois; son, Arthur (Chip) Eileen Lefebvre from Rolling Meadows, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Nathan Lefebvre, Jacob Lefebvre, Emily (Jon) Brody, Whitney Welker, Shawna (Brendan) Chambers, Samantha Lefebvre, Brandon (Andrea) Lefebvre; 7 great grandchildren, Annie Jo Lefebvre, Ben, Kate & Jack Brody, Scarlett & Thomas Chambers, and Savanna Lefebvre. He also left many good friends and nieces and nephews.
He will be interred at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona. Plans for a memorial service are pending.