Raymond G. Schwanz

May 27, 1925 - Sept. 19, 2011

Raymond Gordon "Red" Schwanz, 86, of Whitewater and formerly of Portage, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Fairhaven Health & Rehab Center in Whitewater. He was born May 27, 1925, in Portage, to Charles and Leone Schwanz.

Red grew up in the Portage area, lived in Waukesha for 42 years, moved back to Portage for seven years and has lived in Whitewater for the past four years. Raymond was united in marriage to Leona Gavinski on Nov. 15, 1948, in Iron Mountain, Mich. He was a self-employed salesman for the Print-O-Tape Company and enjoyed fishing, hunting, ice cream and enjoyed lots of boating. Red also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radar operator.

Survivors include his wife, Leona of Whitewater; four children, Sharon (Don) Davidson of San Diego, Sally Cordio (Rick Hill) of Madison, William Schwanz (Marlene Ziegler) of Lafayette, La., and Sam (Brian) Schwanz-Gnatzig of Whitewater; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Max, Maggie, Chloe, Emily, Kelsey and Abby; three great-grandchildren, River, Poet and Myra; and one sister, Eleanor (Mert) Russell of Endeavor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Shirley Williams.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Picha Funeral Home, 302 E. Conant St., Portage, with the Rev. Jim Murphy officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Portage.

Picha Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 608-742-5585 or visit online at www.pichafh.com.