Sunday, May 1, 2011

Raphael 'Ray' J. Spang

Raphael “Ray” J. Spang, age 92, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Raphael was born in Caledonia, March 16, 1919, son of the late Louis and Anna (Nee: Barth) Spang Sr.

On June 3, 1944, at St. Edward Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Betty A. Van Blarcom, who preceded him in death on July 23, 1998. He worked on the family farm and owned and operated Spang’s City Service at 14th and Villa, later on 14th and Center. Ray was a longtime member at Holy Name Catholic Church and belonged to the German Club. An avid Brewer fan, he also enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, playing cribbage and schafskopf. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his sister, Irene Maller; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives, special friend, John DeMoupied, and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Louis Jr., Helen Henkel, Harvey (Eva), Lucille (Elmer) Wagner, Eunice; and brother-in-law, Francis Maller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 6, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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