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Ray Wilkens family raises $11,000 for veterans

A husband, father, grandfather and proud veteran, Ray Wilkens’ legacy lives on through his family.
After his death in November of last year, Ray’s family, consisting of his wife, three children and their spouses and six grandchildren, hosted a memorial golf tournament in his honor on June 26.
In past years the family has held similar events to raise money for Relay for Life, but this time around things were more personal.
“This year we wanted to do something the same for his remembrance,” son Bryan Wilkens said. “But I think this being for our dad, being more personal, we went above and beyond.”
The event brought in $11,000, more than doubling what daughter Jen Heuer hoped to raise.
“That was above and beyond my expectations,” she said.
The money was donated to the McLeod County Veterans Association Assistance Fund. The family chose this organization specifically because of Ray’s military service.
“He was proud to be a veteran so if we can help out them in any way we can, we’re more than happy to,” Bryan said.
Ray himself was always willing to help out in the community and was an active member of the Plato American Legion Post 641.
“He was always there to help anyone,” Heuer said. “With a smile on his face.”
This time it was others who came out to show their support for Ray. They  shared the joyful energy he always had when helping others, smiling throughout the day.
“Everyone was laughing,” Heuer said. “It was more of a proud and happy day because everyone was just having fun.”

For more, see the Aug. 5 print edition of The Chronicle.