Raymond E. Meyer, 81, 3103 Eagle Ave., Wausau, had death pronounced Saturday, April 9, 2005, after an apparent drowning in December 2004. He was born in Stratford, son of the late Edward and Regina (Adams) Meyer. On Jan. 5, 1946, he married Rosemary Steiner in Stratford. She preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1991. Ray was proud to have served his country with the Marine Corps during World War II. Among his many award medals were three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burns Post No. 388, Wausau, and their Last Man’s Club. Prior to his retirement, Ray was employed as a machinist at the former Murray Machinery as well as doing seasonal concrete work. The Spirit Falls Lodge held a special place in Ray’s heart; it provided him with companionship and camaraderie, in addition to his job of maintaining the roads and preparing an ample supply of firewood. Family was most important to Ray, and he truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Kenneth and Delores Meyer, Rib Mountain; Peter and Linda Meyer, Wausau; Mary and Larry LePage and Jean and David Christl, all of Green Bay; grandchildren, Tony LePage, Andrew and Jen LePage, Christopher Meyer, Jesse Meyer, Angela Meyer, Jenny Christl, Alex Christl, Zachary Christl and Benjamin Christl; siblings, Cora (Larry) Socha, Neenah; and Beatrice Radenz, Mae (Gerald) Allain and Edward (Sharon) Meyer, all of Wausau.
Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased in death by four sisters, Alice Steiner, Dorothy Szekeress, Genevieve Busche and Esther Emerick; and one brother, Leon Meyer.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau. The Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Entombment will be in the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, and again from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church. There will be a parish vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sixth Street funeral home.