We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Dieterle Memorial Home
Staff Sgt. Raymond Alberty (U.S. Army, Retired), a resident of Montgomery, IL, journeyed into paradise on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. He was born in Queens, New York to Eloina Vega and Fermin Alberty.
Staff Sgt. Alberty treasured his relationship with Jesus and consistently encouraged his children to seek after God. He adored his family and made them the center of his life. He is survived by his daughters and their families: Linda Elaine Alberty Layhew married to Austin Layhew with their daughter, Tatíana Lani Layhew, and Mandy Cardona married to Michael Anthony Cardona, Sr., with their three children, Giovanni Michael Cardona, Jolianna Rae Cardona, and Michael (Mikieto) Anthony Cardona, Jr.
Staff Sgt. Alberty served 20 years in the U.S. Army. He first joined the military as a Quarrying Specialist and worked his way up to earn the highest distinction in the Infantry, becoming a U.S. Army Paratrooper. He met strenuous criteria to earn the Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Development Ribbon. He was also highly trained as a Javelin Gunner and an Army Instructor of Training. He was the Operations Sergeant of a 325-man HHC 2/327th Infantry 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his involvement in many military campaigns, Staff Sgt. Alberty received the following decorations: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. He retired from the Army in 2007. He loved to talk about his random adventures and deployments while traveling in the military.
Staff Sgt. Alberty had an extraordinary sense of humor and used it to overcome significant challenges he faced in life. He always had a wise joke to crack about even the most ordinary things. Ray related to life events by quoting lines from popular movies. His hobbies included watching movies in HD with surround sound, enjoying comedy, singing karaoke, shooting highcaliber weapons at the range, maintaining his weapons, and working on home improvements. Staff Sgt. Alberty earned a Private Investigator Certification from Stratford Career Institute. He was three courses away from completing an Associate’s of Science in Psychology from Troy University.
Staff Sgt. Alberty’s philosophy in life was to enjoy each day and live life to the fullest as it is a gift from God. He did not dwell on his problems or medical issues. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the family to establish a memorial in his name.
Staff Sgt. Alberty always said, “Paratroopers never die. They just regroup in Heaven.”
Family will be receiving guests on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 Noon at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Ln. Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will follow.
The family of Staff Sgt. Raymond Alberty (U.S. Army, Ret.) requests that everyone wear a mask while indoors due to the ongoing pandemic.
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