Raymond E. Merzdorf, 95
Oct. 20, 1921 ó July 22, 2017
Raymond E. Merzdorf passed away peacefully July 22, 2017, at Dekora Springs Assisted Living in Saukville, where he had lived the past five years. He was 95 years old. Ray was born to Paul and Lena (nee Parnitzke) Merzdorf on Oct. 20, 1921, in the town of Fredonia. He lived in the Waubeka-Fredonia area nearly his entire life. Ray was united in marriage to Florence Rose Heimerl on Dec. 13, 1941. They had two children, Arlene and Patricia.
Ray worked at Gilsonís in Fredonia and later retired from Modern Equipment, where he worked for 29 years. He and Florence also operated Merzdorf Service Station in Waubeka for 50 years. Ray was very mechanical and spent hours in his garage repairing whatever was brought to him. He designed and built many large pieces of equipment and enjoyed gardening, sheepshead and polka music.
Ray is survived by his sister, Meta Harrington of Brookfield; daughters, Arlene (Irvin) Brandt of Cedarburg and Patricia (Daniel) Nysse of West Bend; and grandchildren, Christa (Eric) Hackert, Irv Jr. (Jennifer) Brandt, Robert (Heather) Brandt, Cynthia (Richard) Uhlig, Sara (Clark) Kleinhans, and Rachel (Jason) Pokorny. He is further survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kyle Hackert, Benjamin Brandt, Jack, Jon, and Lilly Brandt, Carisa and Kaylee Kleinhans, Evan, Owen, and Aiden Pokorny; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ray is preceded in death by his wife, Florence; brothers, Marvin and Arnold Merzdorf; and sisters, Mildred Merzdorf and Norma Janz.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church (824 Fredonia Ave., Fredonia, WI 53021) with Pastor Zick presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
Memorials are appreciated to St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Fredonia.
A special thank you to the staff at Dekora Springs and Heartland Hospice for their loving care of Ray.
The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is honored to assist the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.