Raymond Gleason Jr.
Raymond Michael Gleason Jr. died at his home in La Quinta, CA on October 25, 2020 at the age of 97. Born August 17, 1923 in River Forest, Illinois. His Father, an Engineer, was an employee of the Ford Motor Company. His mother, Frances Anne Murnane, was the daughter of a large family involved in the paper packaging business. During World War I, his father served as a Combat Engineer charged with protecting the East Coast from possible enemy invasion. Raymond Jr.’s grandfather, James Gleason was a policeman with the City of Chicago. He served as the Chief of Police from 1913 to 1915.
After attending one year of college at University of Santa Clara, Raymond Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and began training in combat engineering at New York University. He transferred to the 1st Infantry Division ,”The Big Red One” and served in the 284th Engineer Combat Battalion. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on March 20, 1945. After his military service he returned to University of Santa Clara where he became Senior Class President and graduated from the School of Business in 1948.
In 1949 he and his father, co-founded Gleason Industries, a manufacturer of paper packaging products in Hawthorne, CA. The business produced packaging for many well-known food and pharmaceutical products, such as the McDonald’s French fries’ “scoop”. During his years as CEO of Gleason Industries, he was a resident of Bel Air. Later he moved to Marina Del Rey, where he served on the Board of Governors of the Marina City Club.
Upon retiring, he moved to La Quinta, CA.where he was an acitve parishioner of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. His faith was always of paramount importance in his life. Many of his dearest friends are parishioners there as well. He frequently spoke of his respect and admiration for friend and confidant, Arlene Daugherty. Arlene was a true blessing to Ray as it was only through her assistance that the family was able to keep him in his home during his final months.
He is preceded in death by his brother, William A. Gleason, his first wife, Betty Cavitt, and second wife, Adoree Elder Gleason. He is survived by his son, James C. Gleason and daughter-in-law, Gaynell. His three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and their families; Jacob and Karen Gleason and their children, Lauren, Natalie and Luke. Mark and Melissa Gleason and their children, Macie, William, Trenton and Alexandra. And granddaughter, Sarah and her husband, Jared Wood.
Raymond loved his faith, his friends and his family. He had a great sense of pride and loyalty for his mother and father. And he loved to laugh with his friends and his grandchildren, and to tell a few jokes. He is and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.