April 25, 2014
11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Central College Chapel
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Griffin Nursing Center
Hospice of Pella
Rockford Rotary Club
Prior to the memorial service
April 23, 1932 - April 25, 2014
Raymond Lee Den Adel was the older of two sons that were born to John J. and Nellie (De Geus) Den Adel. Raymond was born on April 23, 1932 at Pella, Iowa. He attended Battle Ridge Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Pella High School in 1950. Ray attended Central College in Pella graduating with a B.A. in 1954 with concentrations in Latin and Education. He taught at Pella High School during the 1954-1955 school year.
A graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School, he served in the Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) from 1955 to 1957. Ray then attended the University of Iowa and began teaching at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois from 1958-1962. He received his M.A. degree in Latin from Iowa in 1959. Ray returned to the University of Iowa in 1962 to begin work on his doctorate and transferred to the University of Illinois in 1963. He received his PhD in Classical Philology in 1971. Ray also studied at Drake University, North Carolina State University, the American Academy in Rome (Fulbright Scholar), the Vergilian School in Italy and the American School of Classical Studies (Field Scholar) in Athens, Greece.
In 1967, Raymond began a 30 year teaching career at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois and retired in 1997 as Professor of Classics Emeritus. At Rockford, he taught courses in Latin, Greek, archaeology, mythology, etymology, ancient history and ancient civilization. He served as Chairman of the Classics Department during his entire time at Rockford College. Ray was a life member of Friends of the Colman Library at Rockford College to which he donated 3000 books upon retirement.
In 1968, Raymond founded the Rockford Society of Archaeological Institute of America as well as the Rockford chapter of the Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honorary in 1974.
Ray became a member of the Rockford Downtown Rotary Club in 1977 and served as President during 1993-1994. He served as the Northwest Illinois District Governor of Rotary during 1997-1998. Raymond was a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Benefactor and a life member of the 711 Club.
Raymond was an accomplished musician of both the piano and organ. He played the organ for many churches in Iowa and Illinois. He served as an Elder of the Hope Reformed Church in Rockford. Raymond enjoyed his years of world traveling along with photography, reading and attending musical concerts and sports events. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, antiques and collectibles. Ray moved to his home at 701 Broadway in Pella in June of 2008. Due to declining health, Ray became a resident of Griffin Nursing Home in November of 2008.
Raymond was preceded in death by his father on December 9, 1983 and his mother on May 30, 1984. He is survived by his brother Verlan and wife Karen of Pella along with their children and grandchildren: Mark Den Adel (Wendy), Luke, Matthew and Abbie of Ankeny; Kevin Den Adel of Iowa City; Sara Den Adel Blom (Mitchell), Cameron, Hanna and Emily of Pella; and Jennifer Den Adel of Urbandale; and many other relatives, colleagues and friends.