Services were held July 1, 2019, for Jerry Raz, 85, of Wise Community. Jonathan Haygood officiated. He passed away on June 27, 2019, at home. He was born on Oct. 23, 1933, in Wise Community to the home of Edward James and Barbara Marie Raz.
He grew up in Wise Community and graduated from Mabank High School in 1952. He served stateside in the United States Navy from 1953-1957 during the Korean War.
He married Patsy Ann Dunn on Aug. 20, 1954, at the Four Mile Lutheran Church in Prairieville. Theirs was the first recorded marriage for the church.
After his discharge from the Navy, he and Patsy relocated to Garland to raise their two children. He became a member of the Dallas Police Department in 1958 and retired as a Corporal in 1983 after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Dallas Police Association.
He relocated to a part of “the old home place” in Wise Community. He filled his time doing handy work for others, attending every garage/yard sale he could find, hunting, fishing, raising cows and calves, spoiling dogs, and working on fences.
He also kept in shape by attending polka dances in Ennis, mainly the National Polka Festival in May of each year for 52 years straight missing only in 2019. His favorite polka band was the Vrazel’s from Buckholts.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy; his son, Anthony “Tony”; daughter, Tina; grandchildren, Robert, Timothy, and Tasha; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Morgan, Robert, Jodie, Tiffany, James, Sandy, and Jerry. He is also survived by his sister, Frances Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward James and Barbara Marie; brothers, Joseph and Anthony “Big Tony”; and sisters Bobbie and Nancy.