Dr. Raymond A. Noonan

Oct. 26, 1926 June 16, 2014

Dr. Raymond A. Noonan, age 87, of Elroy, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014, at his home in Elroy. He was born on October 26, 1926, to Guy and Lena (Brunner) Noonan in Mauston. He grew to adulthood in Elroy and graduated from the Elroy High School, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Marquette University Dental School in Milwaukee. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II 1944 to 1946.

Raymond was united in marriage to Rose Mary Potaracke on August 20, 1949, in La Crosse. They lived in Waukesha for many years and later in Fort Myers, Fla. She preceded him in death on December 29, 2011.

Ray became a dentist in 1964 and practiced in Waukesha for his full career.

Its difficult to note all the different organizations Ray was involved with or he supported over his wonderful life. He was fully committed and involved in Lions International at every level since 1965. Starting in his local club he advanced to district governor in 1976 and served as international director from 1982 to 1984. He continued service on the Executive Committee of the International Board of Directors, and was an ambassador of Good Will, the highest award a Lion can attain and remained an active Lion until his death. He is also a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

Ray was a private pilot for over 50 years and was a past president of the Waukesha Aviation Club. He was involved in Civil Air Patrol in many capacities including Wisconsin Wing Commander and Deputy Commander of Great Lakes Region. Ray loved being involved in what became a family activity and was a favorite of the teen-age cadet membership, including both his daughters.

Ray followed his heart and his conscience offering support and encouragement to causes he felt strongly about. He was a member of the NAACP since the early 1960s. He strongly supported the Democratic Party and their candidates throughout his life. Other activities included Head Start Wisconsin, the American Civil Liberties Union, Coast Guard, Waukesha Aviation Club, Guardian ad Litem for Lee County, Florida, American Legion, and Waukesha Dental Society to name a few.

He and his beloved travel partner, Roe traveled to every continent over the years. Ray loved the fall hunt, loved fishing, traveling, motorcycling, computers, flying and sitting on the front porch listening to the grass grow. He lived well and lived life to the very fullest and we were blessed to know him.

Survivors include his daughters, Shannon Noonan (Craig Smith) and Erin Noonan; grandchildren, Nicole, Casey (Claudia) and Mike; and a brother, Robert.

In addition to his wife, Rose Mary, he was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Colleen; and brothers Gerald and Joseph.

Memorial funeral services will be held on Friday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home, 1600 Academy St., P.O. Box 7, Elroy. Interment with military rites will be in the Elroy City Cemetery.

The family requests memorials to the Wisconsin Lion Foundation.

Picha Funeral Home, 608- 462-8256, is serving the family. For online information, go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com.