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Raymond Milowski

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Raymond Milowski

Raymond Stephen Milowski, Korean War Veteran, Bemidji State University Professor and beloved father and husband died peacefully in his sleep at age 83, on Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2012 in Bemidji, MN.

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Memorial services are 3:00 pm Saturday April 20, 2013 at the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Bemidji with Rev. Stephen R. Schmit officiating. A reception will follow from 4 – 6 pm at the David Park House at 1500 Birchmont Dr. in Bemidji. Interment will be at 2:00 pm Monday April 22 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Raymond was born on Dec. 26, 1928, in Turners Falls, MA, to Telesfor and Stanislawa Milowski (both deceased) and was the sibling of Walter, Charlie and Regina (Wiacek) (all deceased). He graduated from Mt. Hermon Preparatory School for Boys in Gill, MA, and became a reporter for the Greenfield Recorder Gazette. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War serving in the 2D Photo Squadron as a correspondent reporter stationed in Japan and Korea. He received the National Defense Metal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Metal. Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in English and History (graduating Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi), a master’s degree in American Literature from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in American Studies. Raymond was a Professor of English and Humanities at Bemidji State University for 32 years.

During his teaching tenure Raymond was a long-time chair of the BSU Graduate Committee, a member of the Modern Language Association and the President of the Mid-America American Studies Association and in 1984 gave an address on the future of American Studies on Minnesota Public Radio. He taught in Akita, Japan as part a Minnesota-Japan university exchange and endowed a study room in BSU’s new library. A guarded personality on the outside at times, he touched many lives during his years of teaching, acting as a key influence and counselor who inspired many to think differently and achieve their goals. Raymond had a love of nature, enjoying gardening with a particular affinity for lilies and trees of all kinds. He also enjoyed reading (collecting a library of great literature) and fishing with his children in his younger years. Family was deeply important to him, both his roots in Massachusetts and the family he created in Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Porterfield Milowski of 48 years; his three children; Stephanie Charlene Miller (Thomas), Daniel Telesfor (Meredith) and Raymond Alexander (Anya); and his five grandchildren Lydia, Stephen, Max, Elsa and Veronika, as well as many loving extended family members and friends.

Raymond had a good life and will be missed and loved always. May he rest in peace. The family wishes to thank Hospice, Chaplain Mark Papke-Larson and the people of St. Bartholomew's.

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