Ernest Edward Raatz

July 16, 1930 - Aug. 16, 2008

Ernest Edward Raatz, 78, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Clearview in Juneau due to Lewy Body Disease.

Ernest was born July 16, 1930, in Genesee Depot, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth (nee Van Dorf) Raatz. He married the former Yvonne Kemmerling on Sept. 9, 1950. He had served in the Air Force National Guard as a firefighter, and his unit was activated for the Korean Conflict. Ernest had been employed by the Pet Milk Company of North Prairie, and he retired from Carnation Instant Company of Oconomowoc. His hobbies included fishing, horseshoes, woodworking and playing cards with his friends.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Yvonne; their children, Rita (Edwin) Kasten of Stone Lake, Lorraine (Thomas) Hughes of Helenville and Steven (Rose) Raatz of Watertown; five grandchildren, Angela (Nate) Baum of Jefferson, Matthew and Timothy Kasten of Stone Lake, and Jacob and Brittany Raatz of Watertown; a brother, Eugene (Lola) Raatz of Grand Marsh; a sister, Pauline Radtke of Mason; three brothers-in-law, August (Gloria) Kemmerling of Houston; Richard Kemmerling of Clyman and Gordon (Karen) Kemmerling of Watertown; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

At the request of Ernest, there will be no funeral services. Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home And Cremation Services of Watertown is serving the family.