A lifelong resident of Joliet, age 94, Survived by his loving family, Francis (Rebecca) Petrek, Ralph (Susan) Petrek, F. Jane Petrek and the devoted next generation, Sarah (husband Joe and children Ava and Alana),Terri, Matt (Katie), Amy (Brandon), Chris, Jason (wife Jessica and children Cole and Dylan), Stacey, Cathy, Ben (wife Cheryl and daughter Kayla), and Rebecca (huband Josh and daughter Josie).
A combat veteran, he served honorably as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War. Rayde was a master mechanic over his long career. He was an avid outdoorsman, photographer, collector and ardent fan of the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, but not the Sox. A connoisseur of fine beer, cold beer, Slovak food and good food, Formula 1 racing and well-tuned engines, Rayde could fix anything and was also a good cook. A graduate of JTHS, long before East and West, he lived life with a never ending quest for knowledge; but beyond his many interests, his singular greatest joy in life was the love of his family.
He was preceded in death by his family Frank Petrek, Raphael Petrek and Joan Petrek Kuhajda. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Anna Petrek. Private services have been held.
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