Raymond Henry Lung

Raymond Henry Lung

Raymond Henry Lung

Raymond Henry Lung passed away at home on June 13, 2009. Not one to give up on anything, he confronted his leukemia with the same determination and fight that served him well for 82 years.

Ray was born on Dec. 24, 1926 in Fresno, Calif., to Daniel and Anna Lung. The youngest of three children, Ray enjoyed the attentions of his sister, Esther and brother, Gene. He excelled at athletics, focusing on baseball and football. At age 17, Ray left high school early to enlist in the Merchant Marines just before the end of WWII

After the war, Ray returned to Fresno and started college at Fresno State. He played football for two years before catching the eye of University of Oregon coaches. Transferring to Oregon brought him to Eugene where he joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was Captain of the 1950 team and named winner of the Hoffman Award, the team's most outstanding player. Ray also represented the Ducks at the 1950 East-West Shrine game. Although Ray was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.

In 1951, Ray married Jacqueline Kurtz, and they had two daughters, Julie Ann and Mary Elizabeth.

Ray attended Northwestern School of Law and began his career with U.S. Bank in Portland, Ore. He received his law degree and passed the Oregon State Bar in 1957. The Lung's lived in Klamath Falls and then Medford before being transferred back to Portland in 1975. After 38 years with the bank, Ray retired in 1991 as executive vice president and manager of the trust group.

Ray is survived by his wife, Jacquie; daughter, Mary Rardin; daughter, Julie Sorenson; son-in-law, Dave Sorenson; and grandson, Andrew, all of Portland; brother, Gene Lung, Fresno, Calif.; and sister, Esther Ruth, Aptos, Calif.

There will be no memorial service, and a Celebration of Ray's Life will be held later this summer in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Duck Athletic Fund, 2727 Leo Harris Pkwy., Eugene, OR 97401 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Oregon Chapter, 9320 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219

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