Raymond E. Ault, 89, of Fort Dodge passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.
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A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19th at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, officiated by Msgr. Kevin McCoy.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Julie Smith of Fort Dodge; daughter-in-law, Sharyl Ault of Fort Dodge; grandchildren, Chad (Sandy) McCarville, Kristen (Scott) Mericle, Mitch (Kim) McCarville; Alyssa (Mike) Collier, Kevin (Andrea) Ault, Abby (Jon) Hansen; Nick Bradt and Jenny Bradt; and 19 great grandchildren; and his sister, Lola Lynch of Humboldt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Lois (DeFoe) Ault, wife Erma Ault in 2002; daughter, Gwen Bradt in 2005; son, Ron Ault in 2015; and his grandson, Brian Bradt, and his 2 brothers, John Ault and Bob Ault.
Raymond E. Ault was born on April 18, 1928, in Fort Dodge. Ray was raised and educated in Fort Dodge; graduating from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1945. That same year he enlisted in the United States Navy serving during WW II until his honorable discharge in 1948. Raymond was united in marriage to Erma Kolacia in September of 1948, the couple established their home in Fort Dodge. Ray worked as a meat cutter for 31 years, which included owning and operating Ray's Meat Market from 1967 to 1979. In 1980, he became employed with Department of Labor and worked as a Veterans Representative until retiring in 1998. He was a life member of Holy Trinity Parish, the V.F.W. Post 1856, American Legion Post 130, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29. Ray served as the past Commander of the Disabled Veterans; past Commander of the Webster County Veterans Council; and served on the Webster County Veteran Affairs Commission.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Dear Julie, Sharyl and families,
I have known Ray ever since I was 10 yrs old. He worked at Eddie's with my Mom, Mary Thompson, and then I worked there as a teen. He was always so jolly and a people person. The same every time I saw him, asking about my family. You have many memories that will sustain you, but you never stop missing your loved one.
Ray was a super hero to me when I was 11 years old. In the alley behind Eddies ' grocery two girls were going to beat me up. I ran in the store right to the meat department. I told ray two girls were after me. These girls followed me in the store. Ray was furious. He took off his apron and told me he would drive me home. Wow! What a guy would do this for me. I will really miss him!
Julie and Family - So sorry about Ray. Such a nice man. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. Love, Luanne, Laurie and Tim Akins
Julie, Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. I frequently think back when working with Ray and listening to all of his stories about you, Gwen and Ron and all the grandchildren. He was proud of all of you. Now he is with Erma, looking down and smiling. Knowing his life on this earth was really a success. God be with you all.
Jon and Cindy Toal
My deepest sympathy to all of the Ault families at the loss of your loved one. When I was employed at the Iowa Job Service in Fort Dodge over 20 years ago, his booth was adjacent to mine and we had many great conversations. However, after being employed there for approx. a year or so to get married, Ray and I lost contact. Blessings to you all at this difficult time.
Alice Johnson, Lehigh, Iowa, 50557 [email protected]
P.S.-I will never forget to say please and thank you because of you! You made sure that Nick and I had good manners. I will always remember the fun holidays and Christmas cookies and the little electronic barking dog. Oh, and the silver dollars that you and Grandma would hide when Nick and I came to visit. You would pretend that it was Peter Pan hiding them for us:) I also will never forget visiting your grocery store and you would give us candy and cookies. The New Inn in Okoboji was always our 4th of July vacation spot and you and Grandma Erma made it so special and fun. I miss those time!! I hope you are having those fun times together again in Heaven with everyone and that you are happy!! I know that you are:) ..Love, Jenny
I Love and miss you, Grandpa Ray. I hope you are at peace and back with Grandma Erma and Mom and Ron again (and having fun up there in Heaven!! ).
Oh my sweet Julie!! We are sooooooo sorry to hear about your Dad! My heart is aching for you! Your dad was such a special special loving man who welcomed this 'new member' to the Ault 'group' with and open heart and loving arms. We never will forget him. Honey, if there it ANYTHING Dick and I can do, please don't hesitate to ask us, Ok??? PROMISE!!! Love you
Rest in Paradise Mr. Ault!! You were a great man when you were a maintenance guy at SE!!
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