Raymond “Ray” F. Meyer 1927-2017
Raymond “Ray” F. Meyer
Raymond “Ray” F. Meyer, 90, passed away Wednesday, March 15 at his residence in the Town of Little Black under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice. Memorial services were held on Monday, March 20 at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating, there was also military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team. Pallbearers were Steve and Mike Kauss, Al Kasparek, Matt Gengler, Russ Jari and Chad Sebold. Burial took place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Visitation was at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 with a 7 p.m. Catholic prayer service; also from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at the church.
Ray was born in Medford on February 18, 1927 to the late John Meyer and Agnes (Pritzl) Meyer. He attended Holy Rosary School, Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. On September 16, 1952 he was married to Rosalie M. Baumer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville, and she preceded him in death on January 21, 2013.
Ray entered the US Army in 1946 and served on Guam and Iwo Jima. He was discharged in 1947 with the rank of sergeant. He worked for Taylor Co. Highway Dept. as a truck driver from May 1947 until Oct. 1950. In Nov. of 1950 he was called back into the Army and served in Korea from Dec. of 1950 until Oct. of 1951, and was discharged with the Korean Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars. From 1952 to 1956, he worked for the Medford Co-op and the Medford Electric Utility. From 1956 to 1965 he worked as a milk delivery man for Parkin’s Ice Cream Co. in Medford. In June of 1965, he started working for the Taylor Co. Sheriff’s Dept. as a jailer-dispatcher and was later promoted to sheriff’s deputy and patrolman in 1966. In 1969 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy and held that position until retirement in 1988. Their family has lived on a hobby farm in the Town of Little Black since May of 1956. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, life member of the Medford VFW, and a retired member of the Wis. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association.
Ray is survived by his children, Dale (Tammy) Meyer, Diane (Al) Kasparek, Sue (Matt) Gengler and Virginia (Russell) Jari, all of Medford, and Barb (Steve) Kauss of Green Bay; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Joe, John, Edward “Scotty," Fr. Bernard, twins, Lawrence and Leon Meyer; and sisters, Margaret Danen, Marie Hayden and Regina Querin
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com