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Raymond Roskoski, age 74, of Mountain Iron, passed on to the last journey very late in the evening of December 25th, 2023 at St Marys Essentia Duluth because of severe complications with sugar diabetes.
Raymond was born on March 2nd, 1949 to Edmund Sr. and Edith (Charmoli) Roskoski at the then Virginia Municipal Hospital.
Ray, as he liked to be called, grew up in the Downtown part of Mountain Iron where he attended local schools K through 12, right across the street from his forever home. While in school, he went out for all sports with baseball being his favorite. At school, he made many friendships which lasted forever.
After Ray graduated from Mountain Iron High School, he attended the then Eveleth Vocational College for welding. After one year at college, he was hired on at Minntacs Step One operations. First as a pit laborer, then a crane operator in the Concentrator, then a rail car repairman in the Central Shops until his retirement after 30 years. For a long time, he was the first of his Car Shop Crew to get to work and the last to leave. In earlier years, Ray worked for contractor Larry LaPatka and at Wayne Motors, both in Mountain Iron.
Ray played softball for the City of Virginia "Bar League" for many years. Then as a State Certified Umpire for the same league for many more years. Ray liked all Mountain Iron, later Mountain Iron-Buhl sports. He attended all home games and as many out of town games and tournaments as possible. Ray also helped with MI-B basketball coaching.
Stock car racing was another sport Ray enjoyed. Always at Hibbing and at other tracks as time allowed. He sponsored car driver and owner Brad Hansons car #90 for many years.
For years, Ray hunted with friends Steve Giorgi, Larry Buffetta, and Ron Alto at their Bucks Only Inc. Deer Camp north of Mountain Iron. He also did a lot of out of a boat and ice house fishing. Ray, from time to time, would surprise everyone by being a good cook.
For several years he was the childrens Christmas Santa at the West Gate Plaza Pamida store.
Ray always kept up on the Mountain Iron City Government happenings and ran for Mountain Iron Mayor in 1992.
Ray liked dogs. The original family dog Darky, his brothers dog Caesar, and his nephews dog Rexx. All 3 being purebred German Shepherds.
Ray liked helping his family with projects and working with others also.
Friends to the end were Pete Cerkvenik, Jim Nelson, Kevin Squillace, Ron Alto; and passed away friends Cooky Masucci and Dan Pevach. And many others to numerous to mention.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Virginia Essentia Clinic and Hospital, Waterview Pines, Edgewood Vista, St Marys Essentia in Duluth for their fine help and care.
Raymond is survived by his brother Edmund Charles Roskoski, sister in law Nancy Carol Roskoski, nephew John Lee Roskoski who all helped him to the end. Also aunts Marguerite Rooney and Margaret Roskoski and uncle Robert Roskoski and many cousins to numerous to list.
He was preceded in death by parents Edmund Sr. and Edith, many aunts and uncles.
A Memorial Service by Father Brandon Moravitz will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 at 11 A.M. at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior. Coffee An' will be served after the service. Burial will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Virginia.
In lieu of flowers or other, make a donation to the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Sport Boosters Club.