Monday, June 25, 2012

Raymond E. Verwey

Raymond E. Verwey, age 86, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center.  Raymond was born in Portage LaPrairie, Manitoba, Canada, on September 17, 1925, son of the late John E. and Marie Verwey.

During World War II Raymond proudly served in the United States Army First Calvary Division stationed in the South Pacific.  On June 10, 1948, in Conway, ND, he was united in marriage to Jean A. Ryan, who preceded him in death on December 28, 2001.  Raymond was employed as a supervisor at Racine Steel Castings for many years, retiring in 1987.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge.  Throughout his life he was an avid sportsman who enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing and umpiring softball games.  Above all, he was a loving and dedicated family man and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Susann Spielman, Michael Verwey (Sandi Demant), Jean Verwey, Jerry (Linda) Verwey, Ray (Traci) Verwey, Jim (Jolene) Verwey, Mark (Sue) Verwey; 16 grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, Nathan, Ryan, Traci and Jeana, Shannon, Kimberlee, Amanda, Shane, Jared, Megan, Nick, Bryce, Wes, Ross; sister, Donna (William) Folstrom; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, John (Thelma) Ryan, Toni Verwey, MaryAnn Ryan, Alice Ann Sherman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Christine (Dan) Dowhower, Gertrude Verwey; brothers, John, Frank, William (Lenora), and Gerald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev.  Steve Varghese officiating.  Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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