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February 27, 1940 - October 22, 2021 - Ray was born to Joseph and Lucille Klupenger in Portland. He graduated from Ascension grade school and Central Catholic (go Rams!) and attended University of Portland before joining the Air National Guard.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Raymond KlupengerRay was born to Joseph and Lucille Klupenger in Portland. He graduated from Ascension grade school and Central Catholic (go Rams!) and attended University of Portland before joining the Air National Guard. His family proudly settled into the Aurora community, owning and operating Klupenger Nursery and Greenhouses. As a second generation nurseryman, Ray embodied the true farmer persona, putting faith, family and hard work first. He was an active member of St. Cyril's Parish, Knights of Columbus, and was inducted into Central Catholic High School's Hall of Fame for his efforts in founding Oregon Right to Life. Ray was an esteemed member of the nursery community, serving as the President of the Wholesale Nursery Growers of America. He was a member and former President of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, was instrumental in founding the Oregon Farwest Show, recognized as the Young Nurseryman of the Year in 1975, and inducted into the OAN Hall of Fame in 2017. As a Jaycee, Ray played a role in incorporating the city of Wilsonville. Ray met the love of his life, Olivia (Candy) Santos, at a Young Christian Workers dance. They wed two years later and were happily married for 59 years. Together they raised three children Dan, Karen and Angie. For as hard as Ray worked, he thoroughly understood how to have fun as well. He was an avid boater, waterskier and fisherman. He raised his children and later his grandchildren on the water, taking yearly trips to Shasta Lake and eventually moving to a home along the Willamette River where his dock and boat shed were always filled with the best water toys. Ray and Candy were members of the Northwest Outboard Trailer Sailors Boat Club and enjoyed their adventures on their various boats throughout the years. Ray had a knack for blending his work ethic with his nautical flare, teaching his children how to fix engines, build ramps and find ways to water ski off of the top of a houseboat. It is his adventurous spirit and Mr. Fix-it attitude that will be remembered most. Ray was recently preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Jeffery, who we know was waiting at the gates of Heaven to greet him. Ray is survived by his wife, Candy, his son, Dan (Tami), and daughters, Karen Gay (Walter), Angie (Aaron), his seven grandchildren (Danielle, Nicole, Olivia, Morgan, Ryan, Andrew and Bethany), and his three great-grandchildren (Wyatt, Emma and Michael). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Cyril Church in Wilsonville, followed by a reception at The Barn, 15243 NE Countryside Dr Aurora, OR 97002. No ties necessary!

Remembrances may be directed to Oregon Right to Life, St. Cyril Catholic Church Youth Programs, and Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, Oregon.

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