Raymond E. Leatherman, 89


A funeral and celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Mueller Funeral Home, Grafton, for Raymond E.  Leatherman of Grafton, 89, who went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Visitation will be held at the funeral home in Grafton on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. 

Interment will be at Grafton’s Woodlawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent by visiting  www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Ray was born in Bucks County, Pa., on July 22, 1920, to Charles and Sarah. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a tailor aboard a ship in the Pacific Theater.  Upon discharge, he attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb., where he met his bride of 60 years, Dorothy. They lived in numerous places before finally settling in Grafton with their seven children. Ray supported his family as a self- employed carpenter until he “retired” with a summer job at a canning factory near Crivitz, where he also kept a little “home away from home.” Throughout his life he loved to sing, especially gospel hymns, but his favorite hobby was collecting things – everything.

Ray was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy and the loving father of the late Joy Leatherman and Tim (Wendy) Leatherman, Philip Leatherman, Jenny (Dean) Albrecht, Judy (Fred) Hendler, Jolinda (Joe) Heroux and Jon (fiancée Sheila) Leatherman. He was the dearest grandpa and legal guardian to Joy’s daughters, Jolene Jaeger and Jackie (Brad) Waldoch. He is further survived by 17 additional grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Arthur (the late

Lulu) Leatherman; sister Grace (Richard) Myers; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many wonderful friends.