Ramon W. ‘Ray’ Orlopp

April 7, 1928 – May 18, 2013

Ramon W. “Ray” Orlopp, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, made his journey to heaven Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the age of 85. He was born in Waukesha on April 7, 1928, the son of Lester and Norma Orlopp.

Ray married Beverly Wagner on June 9, 1951, together they raised four children while enjoying 62 years of marriage. He began his life’s career in the grocery business at the age of 15 and retired at 79, having worked 25 years of that time at Grasch Foods. Ray was a longtime member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Waukesha. He was first and foremost a devoted family man. Ray enjoyed playing golf, reading newspapers, and giving his grandkids a hard time. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Ray will be missed by his wife, Beverly; children, Patricia (Donald) Schaefer, Michael Orlopp, and Mark Orlopp; grandchildren, Patrick Orlopp, Michael Orlopp, Michael (Heather) Schaefer, Jacob Schaefer, Benjamin Orlopp, Griffin Orlopp, Alexa Orlopp, Megan Orlopp, Rachel Orlopp and Sarah Orlopp; great-grandsons, Connor Schaefer, Jonah Orlopp, and a new addition arriving in September; sister, Marge Kadrich; brother, Richard (Marilynn) Orlopp; and brothers-in-law, David Wagner and Richard “Dick” (Jan) Wagner. Ray is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Peter; parents; two brothers, Robert and Jack; and a brother-in-law, Gene Kadrich.

The visitation for Ray will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 24, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha, WI 53189. The Rev. Curt Frederick will be officiating. Entombment with military honors will immediately follow the Mass at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated to be donated to the charity of their choice at a later date.

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, visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.