Raymond Lonowski

Raymond Lonowski

October 26, 1924 – February 20, 2019

Ray was born on October 26, 1924 and raised on a farm near Arcadia, Nebraska. In 1943, at age 19, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to England, where his Quartermaster company landed at Omaha Beach just 24 hours after the initial invasion.

Because of his courage and leadership, he was awarded a battlefield commission and promoted from Private to Second Lieutenant. He retired after 20 years of reserve duty with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, Ray attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and remained a lifelong Husker, holding season football tickets for 65 years.

Professionally, Ray was an agent for Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company at Western Electric, where he made countless friends with Western Electric employees and many more as an active charter member of Mary Our Queen Parish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Emily Lonowski.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maxine (Kenny) Lonowski; daughters: Diane Dreis (Bob), Linda Haddick (Scott), and Laura Farris (Randy); son, Jeff Lonowski;  grandchildren: Alyssa and Lindsay Dreis, Ryan and Nikki Farris, and Kyle and Molly Haddick; sister, Dolores Moran of Seattle Washington; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 22nd, from 5pm to 7pm, at Mary Our Queen Church, 3405 S. 118th St., followed by a ROSARY at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, February 23rd at 10am at Mary Our Queen Church. Private interment on February 25th with immediate family; military rites by Ralston American Legion Post 373.  Memorials are suggested to Mary Our Queen Church or School.



  • Stephanie Newman-Hoover Posted February 22, 2019 8:48 am

    To the Lonowski Family, My deepest prayers and thoughts are with you all. Growing up with all of our get together’s was always something to look forward too. Sympathy for you all and now Ray is up with Bill and able to play golf again. Love, Stephanie

  • Thomas R. Lang. l Posted February 22, 2019 8:50 am

    Maxine and Family; Our sincere condolences on Ray’s passing. We remember his allegiance to you and his Parish, Mary Our Queen. I personally owe him a pound of respect as he and Ray McMahon got me on the path as Scoutmaster at Troop 448. Jeff is one of the great young men produced in that era. I was not aware of his military achievements which further proved what kind of man he was. May he rest in peace. Amen

  • William Newman Posted February 22, 2019 10:37 am

    Mom, Linda and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all very much in our thoughts and we hope that the fond memories you all have of Ray will help to give you a measure of comfort during this difficult time.

  • George Parkerson Posted February 22, 2019 11:31 am

    Please accept my condolences for the Ray’s passing. He is one of the two agents who provided life insurance information to those who worked at the Omaha Works of Western Electric Company in, NE. I deeply appreciated his guidance in my insuring my family. He was a good man.

  • Rachelle Heser Posted February 22, 2019 2:11 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband Maxine and your father Linda. Please know that you are in our prayers at this time.

  • Helen Fosmer Posted February 22, 2019 6:00 pm

    Linda and family, So sorry to read of the loss of your father. He was such a sweet man and will be missed by all of you, the church and community.

  • Thomas Wakefield Posted February 22, 2019 9:08 pm

    With my deepest condolences to your entire family, I am praying the rosary for you all. My memories of Mr. Lonowski are many and quite humorous. Mr. Lonowski was our Scoutmaster along with Fr. Novotny. The life lessons my brothers and I learned from Mr. Lonowski were more important than we ever expected. My dad will greet you as you come home and thank you for watching over his sons. God Bless you Mr. Lonowski!

  • Ray Williams Posted February 23, 2019 4:57 am

    Will be thinking of all of you in the days ahead.

  • Mary (McMahon) MacMillan Posted February 24, 2019 9:25 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. My prayers are with you.

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