Raymond Schinker

PAID OBITUARY

Raymond Melvin “Ray” Schinker, 80, of Wittenberg, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Raymond was born July 12, 1938, in Port Washington to the late Henry and Margaret (Claussen) Schinker.
He married Dorothy “Dolly” J. Cegielski on July 12, 1958, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Ray worked for Local 139 as an operating engineer and became a lifetime member in 2013, serving 55 years.
Ray’s life was enriched by “his two boys,” son Jeff Schinker (Elaine “Lainey”  Studelska-Schinker) of Oshkosh and son Steve (Karen Schremp-Schinker) of Wausau. He found joy in his grandchildren Chelsea Schinker, Chase Bohan and Eric and Alex Schremp.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, in 2009.
Ray loved his country and honorably served in the National Guard.
He was a competitive race car and snowmobile driver. He loved John Deere tractors, playing cards, going to church and a hot cup of coffee in the morning. His hobbies included raising cattle, riding ATVs, watercrafting, cooking, making soup, gardening, hunting and baking delicious pies. In the last few years, Ray shared laughter and companionship with Kim Sloan.  
Ray’s life was one in which he overcame many obstacles and challenges through hard work and persistence. He raised his family on the “Square 40 plus 4” ranch in Saukville in the 1960s.  The ‘70s saw he and the family move to Mosinee, where many friendships were formed while he worked with Tork Trucking in Wisconsin Rapids.  Retirement and travel soon followed and many new dreams were realized. His dry sense of humor impacted many lives.
Raymond Schinker was resourceful and served God well.  
The family would like to especially thank Dick and Kathy Bauman, Keith and Julie Truax, all the Monday Night card players at Tangled Horn and Vern and the men’s prayer group. (He loved you all.)
A celebration of life will take place July 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Family Parish in Phlox, Wis., 54464,  (715) 489-3330, with food and refreshments following at Tangled Horn, W18225 Eland Rd., Eland, Wis., (715) 253-2626.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ray’s name can be sent to Brainard Funeral Home.
To share memories and condolences with Raymond’s family, please visit www.brainardfuneral.com.

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