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Raymond Francis Jenn, 86

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Raymond Francis Jenn, 86, of Waterloo, died on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo. 

Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, with military rites by the Iowa Army National Guard and Evaansdale AMVETS Post No. 31.

Vitiation took place from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Ray was born on April 24, 1935, in Ionia, the son of Frank and Letha Bucknell Jenn and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School in 1953. 

He joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War (1957-1959) and then stayed in the Army Reserves (1959-1963). While in the Reserves, Ray worked construction building the Coralville Reservoir Dam. 

He began his tool & die apprenticeship at Chamberlain Mfg. and then worked at Precision Tool & Die. In 1972, Ray went to work for Schoitz Engineering and retired in April 2000.

He married Mary Belle Barton July 8, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mary died October 17, 2021.

Ray is survived by three sons, Michael (Kelli), Daniel, and Richard, all of Waterloo; a daughter, Catherine (Brandon) Lien of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren, Zak (Ashley) Jenn, Kelsey (Matt) Vail, Jenna (Ryan) Unash, Jacob Lien and Austin Lien;  and three great-grandchildren, Thyer, Myles and Scottie.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; five brothers, Virgil, LaVern, Norbert, Donald and Ralph; and a sister, Elaine Krull.

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