Raymond Doral Backs (87) of Effingham, formerly of Altamont

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Published on February 7 2013 4:03 pm

Raymond Doral Backs, 87, of Effingham, formerly of Altamont, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Effingham.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park, rural Effingham with military rites provided by the Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger V.F.W. Post #7676, Altamont. Visitation will be from Noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice and online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.

He was born on March 14, 1925 to German immigrants, Ben Meinders and Rienelde Siemens Meinders. The youngest of eleven siblings, Ray was adopted as an infant after his mother died shortly after his birth by Henry F. and Laura B. Backs of Mason, IL. Ray married Henrietta Moon in 1948, and together they had 3 children, John, and twins Delbert and Deborah. He was a WWII Army Veteran. A very energetic and outgoing person, Ray worked tirelessly for Vita Craft for more than 40 years where he achieved much recognition and numerous awards as one of their top cookware salesmen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking care of his beautiful 18-acre property near Altamont. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7, and American Legion Post #120 both of Effingham.

Ray is survived by his children, John (Terry) St. Ignatius, Montana, Delbert (Kelly), Bloomington, Indiana, Deb Pals (Dave), Teutopolis, Illinois, 4 grandchildren, Andy, Desirae, Lindsey and Ben, and 2 great-grandchildren Olivia and Rosie.

He was preceded in death by his wife Henrietta in 1987, his adopted brother Dale Backs, all of his Meinders siblings, and his grandson Brandon.