Reynold P. "Ray" Thelen

Reynold P. "Ray" Thelen, 93, of Plymouth, died peacefully early Monday morning, May 22, 2006 at the Plymouth Care Center where he had been a resident the past three months.

He was born July 13, 1912 in Orchard Grove in the town of Farmington, a son of the late Michael and Louisa (Schwinn) Thelen, and attended Catholic school in Barton.

He worked on the family farm near Newburg until 1942.

On Feb. 9, 1943, Ray married Doris Albinger at St. Rose Catholic Church in Fredonia.

The couple lived in Loomis, Calif. where they farmed for several years, moving back to the town of Greenbush where they farmed until retiring in 1977.

The couple moved to Plymouth in 1985.

Ray had been a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Armstrong, and was a member of its Holy Name Society.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth.

In his retirement, Ray enjoyed woodworking, especially making toys and other items for his children and grandchildren.

He also enjoyed spending time working in the garden and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; five daughters, Janice (Butch) Berg of Cascade, Donna (Ron) DeZwarte of Plymouth, Marilyn Murphy (special friend John Krizenesky) of Elkhart Lake, Karen (Jim) Adelman of Howards Grove and LuAnn (Tom) Mertens of Chilton; two sons, Michael (Carol) Thelen of Plymouth and Tom Thelen (special friend Virginia Franks) of Marinette; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther (Harold) Crass of West Bend; a brother and brother-in-law, Richard Thelen and Arnold Seidemann, both of West Bend; other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were a son, LeRoy; three brothers, Victor, Edmund and Hilbert; and two sisters, Marie Becker and Florence Seidemann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 25 (tonight) at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Rev. Dennis VanBeek, pastor, will be the celebrant, and burial will be in Our Lady of the Angels Cemetery in Armstrong.

Friends may call at the church only on Thursday from 3 p.m. until the hour of service.

A memorial fund will be established in Ray’s name.

The Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service, Plymouth, is assisting the family.