Raymond LeFevour, 81, president of Wright Jr. College

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Raymond F. LeFevour, 81, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on Jan. 24, 2012. Born on June 30, 1930 in Chicago to John and Frances LeFevour, he was a graduate of St. Patrick High School and received a Master in Business Administration degree from DePaul University.

A U.S. Army veteran, he was a 50-year resident of Oak Park and spent summers at the family farm in Phelps, Wis. He enjoyed golfing and gardening. Mr. LeFevour devoted his career to education and retired from the Chicago City Colleges in 2000 after serving as president of Wilbur Wright Junior College for 13 years.

Each day started and ended with his family. His favorite phrase was "Family comes first and there is no second."

Ray LeFevour was the husband of Dee (nee Kiley) for 49 years; the father of Cara (Jim) Smith, Maura (Kyle) Reid, Edward (Kathryn), Ray (Tracey), Deirdre of Oak Park, John (Steffani), and Liam; the grandfather of John, Tom, Isabel and Emily Dee Smith, Teagen, Baylen, Breslen and Rylen Reid, Ginette Dee and Elizabeth LeFevour, Kiley, Connor, Tyler and Ryan LeFevour and Jack and Zoe Rae LeFevour; his brothers and sisters-in-law Roger and Alvina Kiley, Maura Kiley, Jamie and Jill Carey and John and Carolyn Kiley; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph LeFevour, and his sister-in-law, Kathleen Kiley.

Visitation was held on Jan. 27 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Edmund Church. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation (wish.org) or Autism Speaks (autismspeaks.org) are greatly appreciated.

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