Raymond A. Klemp, 71
July 1, 1945 — Nov. 6, 2016

Raymond A. “Ray” Klemp, 71, went to be with his Lord unexpectedly with his family by his side Sunday evening, Nov. 6, 2016, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

He was born July 1, 1945, to Raymond E. and Margaret H. (nee Opper) Klemp. He spent his life on the water of Big Cedar Lake. In March 1967, he married the love of his life, Dottie Dietenberger. They traveled to Thailand while he gladly served his country during the Vietnam War. Following three years of military service, he became the owner of United Vending service and spent most of his career in that capacity. He was the proud father of three daughters, Kristin (Dave), Angie (Kris) and Sarah (A.J.). He was blessed with eight precious grandchildren, Britney, Olivia, Vanessa, Myles, Kennedy, Simon, Pieper and Damiyan.

Ray was known for his ability to light up the room in smiles and his sense of humor. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends while sailing on big Cedar Lake and Lake Michigan, getting together with “Card Club,” hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and being a snowbird in Florida. He was a member of St. Kilian Catholic Church, Cedar Lake Yacht Club and Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dottie; three children, Kristin (Dave) Pratt, Angie (Kris) Wetor and Sarah (A.J. Walter) Vernatter; eight grandchildren; his sister, Judy (Jim) Kannenberg; brother-in-law, Harold Dietenberger; and a sister-in-law, Rita Friess. Ray is further survived by many other loved relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Jason; parents, Raymond E. and Margaret H. Klemp; and parents-in-law, Sebastian and Genevieve (nee Langenecker) Dietenberger.

A Mass of Resurrection for Raymond will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at St. Kilian Catholic Church (264 State St., Hartford, WI 53027) with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held from 3:30-5:45 p.m. Friday within the Gathering Place at the church.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Slinger.

In memory of Ray, contributions to St. Kilian’s Catholic Church (428 Forest St., Hartford, WI 53027) are greatly appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at www.shimonfuneralhome.com.