Raymond Majeski

Former Durango resident Raymond Majeski died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Apache Junction, Ariz. He was 87.

Mr. Majeski was born to Ignatius and Martha Maciejewski on Oct. 15, 1925, in Gary, Ind. He was the youngest of four children. He later changed his name because it was often mispronounced.

Mr. Majeski served his country in the Marine Corps, VMF 211 Squadron, during World War II, fighting in the Battle of Wake Island in the Pacific Theater. He enjoyed annual reunions with his fellow Marines.

On Nov. 5, 1949, he married Jean Lucille Smith at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Gary.

Mr. Majeski worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co., for 22 years until the Majeski family moved to Durango in 1969. They owned the Sleepy Hollow Lodge until retiring in 1978.

Mr. Majeski was a member of numerous organizations, including several Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. He served as commander of the Durango VFW Post No. 4031, district commander and national aide-de-camp during the 1980s. He also was a member of American Legion Post 28 and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 507.

He moved to Apache Junction in 2005.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, building, bowling and traveling the United States and Mexico in his RV. Mr. Majeski walked for several hours each day around Durango. He had a lifetime passion for his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.

“Mr. Majeski was always an inspiration to his family and friends,” his family said.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jean Majeski, in 1998.

He is survived by his children Raymond G. Majeski of Bayfield, Kathleen R. Fisher of Apache Junction, Jeffrey A. Majeski of Hastings, Minn., and Evelyn S. Majeski of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Cremation has occurred. Memorial services are pending.