LAKE COUNTY - Our deepest sympathies to the wife, family and friends of Colonel Raymond True, Chairman of the Republican Assembly of Lake County since 2001. The Colonel passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
Colonel True was unanimously elected Chair of the Republican Assembly at their Annual Election in December 2001. He was active in Republican politics since the special election in 1969 when Phil Crane won the primary with 19% of the vote against eight other candidates. Ray was then a Doctoral candidate at The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business where he received his MBA in December 1968 while class President.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in June 1953 during the Korean War, completed flight training and was commissioned in October 1954. He rose through the ranks to Colonel, flying 6,000 hours in C-1 19s and C-1 30s including combat time in Vietnam before retiring in 1989 while Base Civil Engineer at General Billy Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ray remained very active in local Republican politics up until his illness. He was a Past President of the Reserve Officers Association, O’Hare Chapter and a participating member of the Republican National Committee, Lake County Republican Federation and the Air Force Association.
He leaves behind his devoted wife Doreen and beloved family members. Memorial details are not yet available.
From Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte -
Raymond True was a true patriot. In fact, his very name described him. Raymond True was true to his country; true to its principals; true to the Republican Party. He is irreplaceable and will be solely missed, especially by me. My prayers go out to Doreen, his wonderful wife and life partner.
Dearest Raymond, may the Lord welcome you in His loving arms. Rest in Peace.. Dearest Friend.