Raymond J. Schmidt

June 30, 1933 Oct. 4, 2010

Raymond J. Schmidt of Waukesha passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 77 years.

He was born in Waukesha on June 30, 1933, a son of the late William R. and Elizabeth (Hoffart) Schmidt. He attended local schools and was a lifetime resident of the Sussex and Waukesha areas. Raymond was married to Jean (Dion) on July 15, 1961, and together they raised three sons. He was employed as a toolmaker for Waukesha Dresser and Tower Automotive and was a communicant of St. William Catholic Church. In his lifetime, Ray was generous to a fault. He gave regularly to numerous charities and was also a member of the NRA. He enjoyed visiting family in Arizona, but was never interested in leaving his hometown long-term. His greatest joy was time spent with his family. Ray will be sadly missed.

Raymond is survived by his sons, Tony (Stacie) Schmidt of Queens Creek, Ariz., Paul (Lisa) Schmidt of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Gregg (Kimberly) Schmidt of Waukesha. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Lauren, Andrea and Bronwyn; his sisters-inlaw, Violet and Ethel Boppre; and other relatives and friends.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Jean; his brothers, Joe, Bill, Herb and Ed; and sisters, Irene Schneider and Mabel Wolf.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Mass of Christian burial for Raymond will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, with the Rev. Jason Lavann officiating. Private entombment will be in Wisconsin Memorial Park.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff at the Oncology Alliance of Waukesha, the staff of the oncology department at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and the residents and staff of LindenGrove Healthcare, Waukesha.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information. please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.