Raymond J. Griesemer, 100

Raymond J. Griesemer, 100, of Jackson, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice. He was born Jan. 19, 1916, in the town of Polk to Edward and Ella (nee Hassmer) Griesemer. Ray graduated from West Bend High School with the class of 1933.

On March 13, 1937, he was united in marriage to Ruth M. Held in Jackson. Ruth preceded him in death Sept. 3, 1998.

Ray worked at Amity Leather Products Co. for 46 years, retiring in 1981. He was very active in sports, playing basketball and baseball in Jackson before managing the American Legion and Land O Lakes baseball teams for eight years. He was very involved in his community serving as the secretary and treasurer of the Jackson Parks Board for 29 years and as an election worker for 10 years. Ray received the inaugural Jackson Man Of The Year award in 1973. He enjoyed playing sheepshead and skat.

He was a member of New Hope UCC and a charter member of the SSgt Henry F. Gumm Post 486 American Legion in Jackson.

Raymond is survived by his three children, Gordon of Northville, Michigan, Stanley (Virginia) of Franklin and Wesley (Dorothy Ann) of Slinger, and seven grandchildren, Lori Jo (Richard) Tymrakiwicz, Mark (Lisa) Griesemer, Jennifer (Jeff) Bladow, Ryan (Julie) Griesemer, Lisa (Brian) Riley, Kari Parker and Kevin Griesemer. He is further survived by 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his sister-in-law, Donna Mae (David) Blanke of Wabash, Indiana; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth; his parents, Edward and Ella Griesemer; his infant son, Roger; his daughter-in-law, Carol Griesemer; his grandson, Andrew Griesemer; and his sister, Irene (Clement) Mayer.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. James Hill officiating. Burial will be Wednesday in Peace Cemetery. The family will greet visitors from 4-5:45 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorials to American Legion of Jackson, Alzheimer Research or New Hope UCC are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.