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Dr. Raymond A. Youngberg

February 3, 1935 - October 16, 2021

Dr Raymond A. YounbergDr. Raymond Allen Youngberg returned to his heavenly home Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the age of 86.  He was a long-time resident in Salem, Oregon since 1972.
Ray, as everyone knew him, was born February 3, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Youngberg as well as son’s Max, Erik, and Jon.  He was the sixth of seven children born to Edwin and Sigrid Youngberg.  He was proud of his Scandinavian heritage and loved the quote, “You can always tell a Swede, but you can’t tell him much.”
Ray had a lifelong passion for bicycle racing, and from the age of 14-27, was competing as well as promoting the sport in Utah.  He was referred to as “the father of Utah modern bicycle racing.”  He was also the first and only five-time Utah State Bicycle Racing Champion by the Amateur Bicycle League of American competition format. 
Another passion Ray enjoyed with his wife, Patricia, was building street rods.  He competed in many shows and enjoyed rod runs with friends.
Ray spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Korean War Veteran in 1958. 
Portland, Oregon was the first place he met his sweetheart, Patricia, whom he later married in 1958.  At the time of her death, they had been married 55 years.
Ray attended the University of Utah and went on to attend the University of Oregon Dental School, graduating in 1966.  He moved his family to Alaska to begin a dental practice there.  Eventually, he decided to attend the University of Southern California Dental School in Los Angeles where he received a Dental Specialist Certification in periodontics in 1972.
 Ray moved his family to Salem, Oregon in 1972, where he had a successful dental practice for 40 years.  He often spoke fondly of his staff and patients. 
Ray is survived by his son, Doug Youngberg (Melodie), daughter, Marci Youngberg (Mike), grandchildren, Jessica (Danny), Andrew (Kaylee), Jacob (Tashina), Steven (Abril), Brittany (Trino), Christopher, (Kallie), and Heather (Dallin) who he all adored, and 12 great grandchildren who put a HUGE smile on his face.
Ray was a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved family gatherings, family reunions, and being with friends.  He knew no strangers.  He was fondly known as Dad, Gramps, Grandpa, Pops, and Boss. 
We will honor Raymond Allen Youngberg’s life, Saturday, October 23rd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4550 Lone Oak Rd. Salem, Oregon.  A viewing will be at 10:00am with the service at 11:00am.
 Ray will be laid to rest Saturday, October 23 at the City View Cemetery, Salem, Oregon. 
He will be greatly missed, but has left a legacy to be proud of.

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Uncle Ray used his God-given gifts to help others. His happy heart was evident through his wonderful, never to be forgotten, smile.  Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth; To be respected is better than silver and gold.”  May our Creator remember Ray for good and bring comfort to his loved ones during this time of loss.

This photo is of the good times Art and I had with Patty and Ray when they came to visit us while we were dredging in Homer and Ninilchick, Alaska. Pat’s brother Art is in this photo of the 3 of them I took in Homer. We had such a fun time. I remember one day clam digging. Ray found it too hard to get up between clam holes so he crawled from hole to hole, covered in mud. We cleaned soooo many clams that night. He was always such a good sport and always had a cheerful attitude and big smile. Love you Raymond!

Dear Cousin Ray, I am so glad I got to see you at our cousins reunion a couple of years ago. I'm proud of all you have accomplished in your life, and grateful for the family history book you compiled! Enjoy your family reunion, you've earned a rest.