Raymond J. Geidel, 92
Oct. 15, 1923 -- Nov. 5, 2015

Raymond J. GeidelRaymond J. Geidel, 92, of West Bend, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at The Lighthouse of West Bend with his family by his side.

Raymond was born Oct. 15, 1923, to the late Frederick and Alma (nee Geidel) Geidel in Parkston, South Dakota. On Aug. 16, 1947, he was united in marriage to Elizebeth Schulz at St. Johnís Lutheran in Mattoon.

Raymond was a World War II veteran and served his country as a cook in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, Raymond spent the greater majority of his career working as a carpenter alongside his father and brothers at Geidel Brothers Construction. It was his love for construction that allowed Raymond to help his children build their homes and help teach his grandchildren about woodworking.

Raymond enjoyed spending his free time traveling with his wife, Elizebeth. They were able to travel to all 50 states, as well as parts of Europe. Raymond enjoyed hunting and fishing and the thrill of shooting a big buck. He harvested his last buck at 88 years of age while bow hunting. Raymondís greatest joy from hunting was sharing his hunting stories with anyone who was willing to listen.

Raymond was very involved in his church. He served on several committees at both St. Johnís of Newburg and Good Shepherd of West Bend. Raymond was always ready and willing to help wherever he was needed. Raymond participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in 2012 with his son.

Those Raymond leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 68 years, Elizebeth; six children, Julie (Vince) Toman of Waukesha, Jacalyn (Ron) Kempf of West Bend, Jill (Ken) Bagby of Shelby, North Carolina, Jane (Michael) Schultz of West Bend, Fred (Meredith) Geidel of West Bend and Mike (Pam) Geidel of West Bend; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Willard (Ruth) Geidel of Mequon and Ronald (Sharon) Geidel of Beechwood; two brothers-in-law, Doug Koenig of Wausau and Alfred (Patricia) Schulz of Antigo; a sister-in-law, Lucille Geidel of Newburg; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Raymond was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Phoebe Schultz; three brothers, Louis (Virginia) Geidel, Rueben (Patricia) Geidel and Norman Geidel; a sister, Elaine Koenig; two brothers-in-law; and three sisters-in-law.

Services for Raymond were held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fillmore Union Cemetery in Fillmore.

Raymondís family greeted relatives and friends at the church Monday from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church or Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School are appreciated.

The Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend has been entrusted with Raymondís arrangements. Additional information and online guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to The Lighthouse of West Bend, Serenity Hospice and Amanda Moser for their wonderful care of Raymond.