Ronald James Raasch, lovingly known as Ron, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023, at his home in Hatley, WI. Born on April 21, 1948, in Wausau, WI, to Roland and Germaine. Ron lived a fulfilling life surrounded by his loved ones.
Ron retired from Greenheck Fan after 30+ years. His true passion was for farming and cherished the simple pleasures that nature provided. He had a strong belief in his faith and attended church every Sunday. Ron enjoyed cooking and making homemade sausage. Ron was also known for his love for his grandchildren, who brought so much joy and laughter into his life. He loved taking them on adventures and creating cherished memories together.
In his free time, Ron enjoyed the occasional trips to casinos where he would enjoyed a game of Blackjack or try his luck on the slots. Ron and Suzanne would enjoy bus trips to the UP with friends.
Ron shared a beautiful journey of love and companionship with his devoted wife, Suzanne, for an incredible 55 years. They built a strong and resilient bond that was an inspiration to all who knew them. Together, they navigated life's ups and downs, always supporting and caring for one another.
Ron leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne, and their three children, Denise (Dan) Kellner, Annette (Jeff) Schaupp, and Vickie (Brad) Varsho. Ron's grandchildren, Dustin (Jacie), Dalton, Marissa (Cory), Alexis (Keegan), Lauren, and Julia, brought immense joy to his life. He was especially delighted to have welcomed his great-grandson, Leo, into the family. Ron is also survived by his brother, Russell (Brenda), and his brother-in-law, Aldred (Sandy) Holewinski, and will be deeply missed by nieces, nephews and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Donald and Richard (Peggy), and his in-laws, Leo and Victoria Holewinski. He was also preceded by his sister-in-law, Marilyn Holewinski.
There will be a memorial gathering on Thursday, November 9 at ST. FLORIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 500 Church Ln., Hatley from 9-10:45 am with Ron's memorial service to follow at 11 am.
Ron's family would like to thank the Marathon County Sheriff Department and Hatley and Riverside EMS for their compassionate care shown to the family.
Ron's memory will be cherished forever, and his spirit will live on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him.