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Raymond E. Friedman

Raymond E. Friedman

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Raymond Earl "Ray" Friedman, 91, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Sioux City, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 23, peacefully in his sleep at his residence.

Memorial services will be held in Sioux City.

Born on Sept. 11, 1913, and raised in Sioux City, he left Sioux City after donating his home to Briar Cliff College and moved to Palm Beach, where he lived for the last 23 years.

An exceptional man and philanthropist, he found great success as a businessman in both the commodities trading industry and in building the company REFCO. He was known for his generosity and commitment to Jewish and medical charities.

His charities were many. He was a member and benefactor of the Orthodox Synagogue in Sioux City. He gave to national foundations including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Orbis International and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. His Palm Beach charities included Cystic Fibrosis, the 19th Hole, the Heart Association and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation. He was a founder of the Kravis Center.

He was a man known (and loved by his family, friends and community) for his good heart and his exceptionally generous manner of giving both of his time and his resources to those in need.

He was the beloved husband of Maria; devoted loving father of Lisette Ackerberg and deceased daughter, Linda Friedman Lerner; stepson, Tom Dittmer and his wife, Sandy Hill and their children, Alexis, Jason and Allison; a stepson, Dan Ponton; and a stepdaughter, Marina Ponton. He was grandfather to Bethany and Brett Studner, Ashley and Brad Reifler and Kali Lerner; and great-grandfather to Taylor and Gavin Studner and Kelsey, Cole and Paige Reifler.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, P.O. Box 356, North Oxford, MA. 01537-0356, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163.

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