Raymond Dwayne Ros-enberg, 84, Park Rapids, died Tuesday May 13, 2014 at Heritage Living Center.
He was born Aug. 27, 1929 to Martha Johnson (Thallaug) and Olaf Rosenberg at Round Bay Camp on Third Crow Wing Lake which his family owned. Ray graduated from Park Rapids High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart. He was severely wounded and one of his close friends, Ralph Cox, happened to find him on the battlefield and was instrumental in saving his life.
Ray's life-long passion was fishing and he was fortunate to be able to make his living doing what he loved most. He was a professional fishing guide for 32 years. He was one of the earliest advocates of "Catch and Release" fishing, he was a longtime supporter of conservation for future generations. He was a retired 37-year employee of 3-M at Wonewok Lodge.
In addition he fished in Canada, Montana, and many other locations, and after retiring in 1988, he and Lillelue traveled extensively and made many fishing excursions.
Raymond was also a musician and bluegrass enthusiast, who played accordion, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and to his last days, the harmonica.
Ray was greatly loved throughout the area and was appreciated as representing Northern Minnesota culture in many ways. He was also known for playing baseball on the Hubbard team.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Lillelue; children, Rex and Mary (Gary Payne) Rosenberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mar-tha and Olaf; and brothers, Leonard and Harland.
Services: were held on Sunday, May 18 at United Methodist Church in Hubbard.