Raymond F. Melger, 91


Raymond F. Melger, of Bridge Road in Cedarburg, previously of Sheboygan, passed away Thursday morning, May 2, 2013, at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. He was 91 years old.

Ray was born in the town of Schleswig on Dec. 1, 1921, son of Frank and Christina Schoenung Melger. Following his schooling, he proudly served in the U.S. Army with the Military Police. Ray was united in marriage with Mildred Rohde at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sheboygan Falls on Sept. 25, 1948. The couple settled in Sheboygan and started their family. Ray worked for Kohler Co. before they moved to Cedarburg in 1956. He then worked for the city of Cedarburg Public Works Department for 13 years, and later became a lead person at Pioneer Container, retiring in 1984. Ray was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg as well as a member of the American Legion Post 288.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Cedarburg; and their three daughters, Nancy (David) Boivin of Jackson, Gail (Keith) Goetter of Cedarburg and Cindy (William) Hilgendorf of Hubertus. Further survivors include five grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Richter, Michael (Jennifer) Barth, Brian (Nicole) Goetter, Matthew (special friend Leslie) Hilgendorf and Angela (Andrew) Steffen; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordyn, Zakary, Kayleigh, Brady, Abby, Jacob and Natalie; sister-in-law, Zerlina Melger; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at noon on Saturday, May 4, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, Father Thomas Eichenberger officiated. Interment followed at Zur Ruhe Cemetery with military honors. The family received visitors at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Lasata Care Center for the wonderful care they have given Ray over the last three years.