Raymond Fylstra ’69

Raymond A. Fylstra, age 73, of Hinsdale, died February 25, 2021. Beloved husband of Charlotte Fylstra, nee Buis, for 52 years; devoted father to Helen Fylstra, Margaret (David) Jaglowski, Henry (Stacy) Fylstra; loving grandfather to Penelope & Florence Jaglowski; dearest brother to Daniel (Hilary) Fylstra, David (Shirley) Fylstra, and Mary (Cameron) Artigue; loved by many nieces and nephews.
Ray was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 12, 1947. He was the oldest of four children to Daniel and Winifred Fylstra. His parents predeceased him.

Ray graduated from Hope College, where he majored in Economics. He then went on to Northwestern Law School, joining the Army ROTC while he was a student there. After graduating from law school and being honorably discharged from the Army, Ray went on to practice corporate litigation in Chicago for 45 years, eventually forming a firm in partnership with other attorneys. He was an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and held leadership positions in the Civil Practice Committee and the Civil Practice Executive Committee. In 2016, Ray was proudly honored with a membership to the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys.

An active member of Christ Church of Oak Brook, Ray served as an Elder and Trustee for many years. In 2008, he was elected as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and served that post faithfully for 3 years. Ray also served on many church committees. He always wanted to use his knowledge and skills to assist others and to serve the Lord. Wanting to give back to the community, Ray became a board member of the United Way of Hinsdale and eventually the President. He later became a board member and Vice Chair of the United Way of Suburban Chicago.

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