Dec. 9, 2016 – Jackson, WI – Raymond J. Griesemer age 100 of Jackson died Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Kathy Hospice. He was born January 19, 1916 in the Town of Polk to Edward and Ella (nee Hassmer) Griesemer. Ray graduated from West Bend High School with the class of 1933.
On March 13, 1937 he was united in marriage to Ruth M. Held in Jackson. Ruth preceded him in death on September 3, 1998.
Ray worked at Amity Leather Products Company for 46 years, retiring in 1981. He was very active in sports, playing basketball and baseball in Jackson before managing the American Legion and Land O’ Lakes baseball teams for 8 years. He was very involved in his community serving as the secretary and treasurer of the Jackson Parks Board for 29 years and as an election worker for 10 years. Ray received the first Jackson Man Of The Year award in 1973. He enjoyed playing Sheepshead and Skat.
He was a member of New Hope U.C.C. and a charter member of the SSgt Henry F. Gumm Post 486 American Legion in Jackson.
Raymond is survived by his 3 children: Gordon of Northville, MI, Stanley (Virginia) of Franklin and Wesley (Dorothy Ann) of Slinger and 7 grandchildren: Lori Jo (Richard) Tymrakiwicz, Mark (Lisa) Griesemer, Jennifer (Jeff) Bladow, Ryan (Julie) Griesemer, Lisa (Brian) Riley, Kari Parker and Kevin Griesemer. He is further survived by 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, his sister-in-law Donna Mae (David) Blanke of Wabash, IN and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth, his parents, and Ella Griesemer, his infant son Roger, his daughter-in-law Carol Griesemer, his grandson Andrew Griesemer and his sister Irene (Clement) Mayer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson with Rev. James Hill officiating. Burial will be Wednesday in Peace Cemetery. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday, at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Memorials to American Legion of Jackson, Alzheimer Research or New Hope U.C.C. are appreciated.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson is serving the family.