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1935 Ronald 2020

Ronald Raatz

June 6, 1935 — April 24, 2020

Ronald Raatz, 84 of Wausau passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Ron was born in Wausau on June 6, 1935 to the late LeRoy and Gertrude (Boerke) Raatz.  He and his brother, Gene were raised by Aunt Onnie and Donald Green and Nettie and Bob Green.  Ron graduated from Wausau High School in 1954 and attended Northcentral Technical College earning a degree in drafting.  He then moved to LaCrosse working as a draftsman for Seiman Lumber.  On June 30, 1956, Ron married Nancy Hildebrandt at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Wausau.  Nancy joined Ron in LaCrosse starting their family of five sons, Michael, Keith, Tim, Tom and David.  After working for Holmen Lumber, Ron and his family moved back to Wausau where Ron worked for Schuette Lumber and retired in 2002 from Wickes Lumber. Some of his favorite past times included deer and grouse hunting in Somo, fishing at the cottage on Lake Katherine, putting together model cars and solving word search puzzles.  He enjoyed his morning coffee watching GMA and Live with Regis and Kelly.  A simple backyard cookout with family and friends brought him nothing but joy and happiness.

We remember Dad as a kind, loving and caring man.  He truly loved our Mom and his family.

Survivors include four sons, Michael (Debbie) of Wausau, Tim of Weston, Tom of Wausau, David (Penny) of Wausau, six grandchildren, Brianna, Molly, Martin, Jennifer, Eric (Lindsay) and Amy (Remy) and four great grandchildren, Mari, Marcus, Jake and Josie.  Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, two children Keith and Karen and his brother, Gene.

A Celebration of Ron’s life will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020  from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with services to begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch to follow.  Services will be held at the Big Kitchen Shelter (across from the Little Red School House) in Marathon Park.  You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ronald Raatz, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Visitation

Saturday, June 20, 2020

11:00am - 2:00pm (Central time)

Big Kitchen Shelter-Marathon Park

1201 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

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Celebration of Life and Visitation

Saturday, June 20, 2020

11:30am - 4:00pm (Central time)

Big Kitchen Shelter-Marathon Park

1201 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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