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Raymond Aberle, 76, Fargo died Saturday, April 16, 2022 after a battle with Parkinson’s Lewy Body Dementia. He was born February 12, 1946 in Linton, ND to August and Mary Eva Aberle. Raymond attended school in Berlin, ND before graduating from Edgeley High School in 1965. He went on to graduate from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND before entering the United Stated Air Force. On September 24, 1971, Raymond married Patty Allen in Phoenix, AZ. Raymond and Patty lived in Fargo before moving to a farmstead near Amenia, ND, where they raised their two children. They moved back to Fargo in 2008. Raymond worked as a crew chief aircraft mechanic with the Happy Hooligans Air National Guard. Raymond was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW and Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. He was mechanically inclined and could repair nearly any engine or motor and enjoyed building various machines from scratch. He is survived by his wife, Patty, daughter, Deanna, son, Andrew (Andrea), granddaughters, Grace and Noelle, sisters, Betty Peck, Donna (Jerry) Bauer, brothers, David, Ronnie, Gerald and Patrick and many nieces and nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Amy, mother and father, brother, Jerome and brother-in-law, Ed Peck, nephews, Christopher and Aaron Aberle and niece Raeshell Warner. Raymond’s family would like to thank the staff at the Fargo VA Hospital and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, Raymond’s family would prefer memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or Parkinson’s Foundation.

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  1. Prayers for Ray going up – thanks for be to God for Ray !!1 – Thanks for all the different ways you kept me skyward with your excellent mechanical skills and for being faithful and steadfast man for our Lord – God Bless you and may you rest in peace …

  2. Our condolences to Patty and family. Our families spent good times with Raymond and family on Sundays growing up. Raymond was a kind man.

  3. Ray you will be missed by many. You were such a kind man. Keep watch over CHRISTOPHER SETH and Aaron Robert for Dave and I till we see you again ! Sally Muehlenkamp

  4. Patty & kids-
    Praying for all of you! So sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Ray! May God give you all comfort and strength in the days ahead! Much love!

    Angie (niece, Dave’s daughter)

  5. Little Ray was a slow walking, slow talking Gentleman in every way! When it came to mechanics he was the greatest. Over the years he worked on everything that had wheels and a motor! Ray worked for the City of Fargo at the city Garage their he worked on all of their vehicles and their big equipment. Before coming to the Air Nation Guard. I remember him overhauling his VW which most people will not undertake, no problem, had some questions, needed some parts but got her done! His real love was small engines, starters, generator, an alternators! REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND! Our Condolences to Pat and the Aberle family!

  6. Condolences to the Aberle family. I graduated with Raymond in Edgeley so many years ago. Prayers to you all..

  7. To all of Raymond’s family:
    His kind heart 💙 and friendship will be missed by all who knew him.
    Our thoughts and prayers our with you.
    Stanley Wald family

  8. Knowing you since childhood, you were such an inspiration for us first cousins getting together at Grandma’s house sharing all such great memories. Miss you.

  9. Ray was one of the men that made the Happy Hooligans great. I knew him well both in the ANG and in the years following retirement. He was a gifted mechanic and worked tirelessly on overhauling engines, modifying aircraft or whatever was needed. I will miss his perspective and conversations. The last “tail dragger” I flew was his old “Champ”. He was a good friend, RIP.

  10. I always loved flying Ray’s jet. I knew I would have a well maintained aircraft and more importantly, a pleasant conversation. Ray took humble pride in his work, and I never heard him say an unkind word.
    I pray that Ray’s family receives solace knowing Ray has made the journey.

    Ray, you’ll be greatly missed.

  11. In the sorrowful time, Andrea I would like to extend to you and your family a heartfelt condolences. I pray the Lord continue to comfort you and your loved ones. I am only a phone call away anytime.

  12. Our sympathy to Pat, family and friends of Ray. I recall in our years at the Happy Hooligans, Ray was always cooperative and a respected member of the flight line crews. He was a gifted mechanic to be sure! I know Ray will be missed by family and friends and anyone who know him or dealt with him. His spirit will live on in your memories. Hold onto your memories of the good times – they will sustain you long into the future. Good Bless Ray and Rest in Peace.

  13. If one imagines the “classic” airplane mechanic, tucked away in a dim-sorta’ workshop in the corner of an older hangar, one would have a pretty good image of Ray. Never one to be pushed, Ray was the fellow who ensured the task was approached with the patience and care aircraft maintenance demands. To this day, I conjure the image of Ray leaning over his roll-away tool box examining, adjusting and tapping, perhaps, a component that was in this day’s need of attention. After knowing him in the Air National Guard and then at my own flying operation, I found him to be the most interesting of airplane people. Instead of fussing with a hard-to-reach bolt, nut or what-have-you, Ray would go home in the evening and fabricate a tool to make the job easier; he had loads of cut-off wrenches, welded-up jigs and so many other things to make the job easier…almost all built at his small machine shop at his house. I once took him flying out near his house. Ray said, “I live just up this road.” as we followed a country road northward and it became quickly obvious what place was his…it had a shop with a collection of “things” behind it– I can only vaguely recall what any of those items were, but that was Ray’s world. It was within that small building Ray’s inventiveness flourished.

    Ray loved working with airplanes, even after a lengthy career at the North Dakota Air National Guard where he was widely liked by all he never got his fill of being around the flying machines. He owned an Aeronca airplane–a Champ, if I remember right–which he’d kept in a small hangar near his house. Though he rarely flew it, it was part of his persona and he spoke of it with a twinkle.

    After parting ways, I’d see him from time-to-time at our Credit Union where he’d flash a smile and take a minute to catch up on things and remember old times. As he would walk away, I’d once again see his familiar, somewhat unique stride maybe mixed with a slight shuffle that was his own. His honesty, work ethic and friendship shall surely be missed by all who knew him. Godspeed, Ray, you left the aviation community–and your corner of the Earth– a little better off than you found it.

  14. Ray was always a great Hooligan, I loved to fly his aircraft. He was always steady as a rock, professional and great to be around. My sympathy to his family, as well as the Hooligan family, we will cherish our thoughts of Ray. Mike Haugen

  15. You are all in our prayers, we hope you can find peace going forward, Ray will be missed by lots, he was a great guy with a warm smile, always enjoyed talking with him 🙏

  16. So sorry for your loss. Raymond was always such a nice and friendly person. Glad we could call him a loving cousin. We were planning on coming but with the weather you never know what you will run into. We live in the Bismarck, N D area. I will keep Raymond and the family in my prayers.

    Judy and Wes Loebs

  17. Patty and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss of Raymond.

    Board of Director’s and staff

  18. I served in the ND Air Guard with Ray. He was a great Crew Chief and even a better person. He was well liked and always available to lend a hand. So sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathies to his wife and family.

  19. Patty, so sorry for your loss. Ray was a good man. He was quiet and talented. God bless you and the kids.

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