Raymond J. Biertzer

Raymond J. Biertzer, of West Bend, was welcomed through the gates of heaven on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Kathy Hospice, after 76 years of life.

Raymond was born on Jan. 11, 1931, the son of Jacob F. and Elizabeth M. (nee Matenaer) Biertzer in Barton, where he was also raised.

After his schooling he honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return, Raymond devoted his love and his life to Priscilla M. Braun on Aug. 21, 1954, and the couple soon began a loving family of their own.

He was a dedicated employee of the West Bend Co. for 46 years, where he was also a member of its 25-Year Club.

Among his favorite pastimes, Raymond enjoyed fishing, took pride in his yard and above all, loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Society.

Raymond will be kept forever in the hearts of his loving wife and best friend, Priscilla; his loving children, Diane (Don) Leister and David Biertzer, both of West Bend, Tim (Lori) Biertzer of Iowa and Lisa (Craig) Wichmann of West Bend; his seven treasured grandchildren, Casondra (Shawn) Evans, John Leister, Jordan, Michael and Noah Biertzer, Jeremy and Connor Wichmann; his adored great-granddaugher, Aubrey Evans; and his brother, Sylvester Biertzer.

He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives and many dear friends.

Raymond was preceded in death by his infant brother, Joseph, and a sister-in-law, June Biertzer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 415 Roosevelt Drive, West Bend, with Father Bob Bales officiating.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at the church only on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m.

Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery (Old) on Friday at 10 a.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family

www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The Biertzer Family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of nursing professionals at Kathy Hospice for their compassionate care.