FRIENDSHIP

Raymond A. Gerth Jr.

July 6, 1939 - June 28, 2007

Raymond A. Gerth Jr., 67, of Friendship, died June 28, 2007, at the Wm S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Shorewood Hills.

A celebration of life gathering will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at the Hunterís Nest in Muskego. Military honors will be presented at 7 p.m.

There also will be a gathering Sunday, July 8, 2007, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for family and friends at his daughterís home, 2061 Highway Z, Friendship.

Ray was born July 6, 1939, in Muskego to Raymond A. and Jeanette (nee Taylor) Gerth Sr. Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He took over his fatherís business, Gerth Heating & Air Conditioning. Ray and his brother, Joseph, worked together as partners for many years.

He married LaVonne Swisher on April 13, 1984, in Waukesha. Ray and LaVonne owned and operated the Pioneer Inn in Muskego in the 1980s. Ray retired in April 1994 due to health issues. He then moved Adams County where he lived out his life.

Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman, tinkering in his garage, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and spending time with good friend, Bucko Buddy Doug. He was a fantastic father, a terrific grandfather and a wonderful, loving husband to his wife, whom he cherished.

Ray was preceded in death by parents; his first wife, Rosemary, and his sisters.

Survivors include his wife, LaVonne Gerth of Friendship; brother, Joseph (Kathleen) Gerth of Muskego; sons, Allen (Kim) Gerth of Big Bend and Stephen Gerth of Muskego; two grandchildren; stepchildren, Daniel Middleton of Florida, Nicholas Smith of Oregon and Jolene Williams of Friendship; grandchildren, Dylanray, Joshua and Stephen Williams, all of Friendship; lifelong friends, Douglas and Ann Kurth of Big Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Roseberryís Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.