He was born on May 28, 1947 in St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Russell C. and Frances (Shauer) Bargabus. Raymond graduated from Cook County High School in 1965 and was drafted in the United States Army during the Vietnam war in 1967 and served his country until 1969. He then earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from St. Cloud State and for the next 9 years, he taught Biological History, Social Studies and Social Sciences. In 1981, he re-enlisted in the US Army and served 20 years and 20 days until his retirement in 2000 at the rank of SFC.
Raymond was united in marriage to Karen Helgeson on December 18, 1971. This union was blessed with 2 sons: Rustin and Matthew.
He was a Life Member of the National Skeet Shooting Association, Geary County Fish & Game Association, Good Sam RV Camping Group as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Council and the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Council.
Raymond stayed active throughout his life but was truly the happiest outdoors, whether he was skeet shooting or camping. Above all, he loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife: Karen of the home; 2 sons: Rustin Bargabus of John’s Creek, GA and Matthew Bargabus of Manhattan, KS; 3 grandchildren: Dolan Bargabus, Ronan Bargabus and Caelyn Bargabus. He is also survived by 3 sisters: Kathryn (Kay) Pettitt of Ottertail, MN, Jean DuRoche and Sue Ann Koons, both of Seguin, TX along with many nieces, nephews and other family members.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at the St. Thomas-More Catholic Church 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. Inurnment will follow at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at the St. Thomas-More Catholic Church. The Vigil Service and Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Geary County Fish & Game Association in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.