Raymond A. Gurtner

Raymond A. Gurtner 77, Unity, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Marshfield.

In honor of Ray’s wishes there will be no formal funeral service. There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday, July 12, at Colby VFW Post 2227 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Maurina/Com-munity Funeral Home, Abbotsford, is assisting the family.

Ray was born Jan. 7, 1930 in Rubicon to Adolph and Lydia (Rudolf) Gurntner.

Ray and Katheryn Bernhagen were married Sept. 26, 1951 in Hartford and later divorced.

Ray and Janet Riebe were married May 20, 1967 in Cedarburg.

Ray had a license to make cheese at the age of 14. He worked in his father’s cheese factory until the age of 18, and then held various jobs until he began to cut meat at the age of 21.

He was a meat department manager at West Bend, Beaver Dam, Cedarburg and Brown Deer until 1970.

Ray and his wife Janet bought Gibs Market in Unity in December of 1970. He then practiced the art of sausage making that he learned from his father who was a sausage maker in Switzerland.

His wife, Janet and son, Al continue to operate Ray’s Market in Unity.

Ray is survived by his wife, Janet of Unity; three daughters and a son, Susan (Brian) Becker of Slinger and their daughter Stephanie (Pete) Poree; Barbara (Robert) Swanson of West Bend and their children, Misti (Nick) Dober-stein and Katie Swanson; Jayne (Richard) Hughes of Kewaskum and their children, Sarah (Michael) Schmitz, Erika (fiance Peter) Hughes, Lauren Hughes, Parker Hughes and Gracie Rae Hughes; and Alan (Connie) Gurtner of Colby and their children, Hannah Gurtne, and Emily Rae Gurtner; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memory Garden at Colonial Center, Colby, or the Palliative Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.