Raymond C. Indermuehle, 80
Dec. 23, 1934 -- May 6, 2015
Raymond C. “Ray” Indermuehle, age 80, passed away peacefully after his courageous fight with pulmonary fibrosis on Wednesday, May 6, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Hartford to John and Eleanor (nee Zehren) Indermuehle. Ray was raised in Jackson, and graduated from West Bend High School. He met the love of his life Darlene and they married on Nov. 24, 1973, in Milwaukee.
Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Ray attended Marquette University and graduated with a degree in business. He later went on to Harvard University where he obtained his MBA. He began his career at the West Bend Co. in the factory, and with his strong work ethic and dedication, he went on to end his 40-year career as president of Premier Cookware, stainless steel division. Ray had many titles, which included strong businessman, skilled pilot, avid golfer, boater extraordinaire and lover of the peace found deep in the heart of nature at his cabin up north. He could often be found riding his tractor and cutting the trails, while admiring the thousands of trees he and his family planted. Ray was also a talented artist and enjoyed painting and woodworking. Nothing brought greater joy to Ray then spending time with his family and many wonderful friends.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Darlene; children, Amy (Jeff) Kondrakiewicz of Slinger, Andy of West Bend, Heidi (Craig) McFadden of Plymouth, Lori (Scott) Yahr of West Bend, Todd (Linda) of Trinity, Florida, Scot (Maaria) of Concord, Massachusetts, and Steve (Stella) of West Bend; grandchildren, Christian, Gracie and Aiden Kondrakiewicz, Kali (Jon Palmer) Faber, Kyle (Missy) Faber, Mitchell McFadden, Melissa, Katie and William Yahr, Jordan, Adam, Wyatt, Wilson and Kristin (Clint) Holbrook; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Isabelle Holbrook; sisters, Phyllis (Rollie) Bestor of Orem, Utah, and Maryann Rose of Jackson; sister-in-law, Muriel of Fort Collins, Colorado; mother-in-law, Grace Goff of West Bend; and faithful companion, Lilly. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Ray is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ted; brother, John; brother-in-law, Harvey Rose; and father-in-law, Vester Goff.
A celebration of Ray’s wonderful life will be held at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive) on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Matt Hadley presiding. Military honors will take place immediately following the service. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Private interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials to the American Lung Association (13100 W. Lisbon Road, Suite 700, Brookfield, WI, 53005-2508) for the research of pulmonary fibrosis are appreciated.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Smale, Dr. Gill and the compassionate staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for all the care they provided Ray during his difficult journey.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com .