Dr. Ray William Arensman, 91, of Evansville, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at his home. He was born October 14, 1921, in Huntingburg, IN, the son of William and Ada Arensman.
He attained a Bachelor's degree from Evansville College and underwent Naval training at Columbia University prior to serving from 1943-1946. He was a Lieutenant on a destroyer escort. He married Helen Mae Lukemeyer in 1946. He taught in Salem High School prior to continuing his Master's and Doctoral studies at Indiana University. He remained on the faculty for three years prior to becoming the Dean of the School of Business at the University of Evansville. He was named the Outstanding Professor, and had numerous appointments to boards including Miller Block, People's Savings and Credit Thrift. He loved music of all kinds, played in five bands, and founded the big band, The Temple Airs. This group participated in fundraising for not-for-profits in excess of four million dollars. His community leadership was honored by the Rotary Civic Award by the Evansville Rotary Club in 2006.
Ray is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen Mae Arensman of Evansville; daughter, Ann Rice (Dr. Patrick Rice) of Cranbrook, BC Canada; son, Dr. Frederick Arensman (Barbara) of Louisville, KY; grandson, Drew Rice (Cara) of Vancouver, BC Canada; granddaughters, Dr. Amy Doetsch (Dr. Alex Doetsch) of Twin Falls, ID, Dr. Allison Arensman of Hanover, NH and Emily Arensman of New York, NY; and great-grandchildren, Clara and Morgan Doetsch and Olin and Marlow Rice.
Services were 1:00 PM Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Methodist Temple, officiated by Rev. Stephen Beutler, with burial in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg, IN. Friends visited Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Alexander East Chapel and Tuesday from 12:00 PM until service time at the church.