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Raymond A. Grimmer II


Posted By: Sarah Fletcher (email)
Date: 1/8/2021 at 13:14:59

Raymond A. Grimmer II, 88, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He was surrounded by his family, who loved him very much.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 PM Friday, January 8, 2021 at Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. Visitation will be at the church before the Mass at 2:30 PM. Those unable to attend in person are invited to watch the live stream at the Lumen Christi web site: lumenchristiparish.org. Private burial will be held the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Arrangements are with Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross or Heifer International.

Ray was born March 28, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Raymond Grimmer I and Bernadine Beaupre. He was a graduate of St. Norbertís High School in DePere, Wisconsin and attended Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

On May 7, 1960 Ray married Georgia Romberger. Together they raised four children in their Shorewood, WI home. In 1981, they moved to Glendale, WI which became their longtime home until Georgiaís death in 2013. Their large ranch style home was one filled with love and raucous family gatherings, creating lifetime memories for their many grandchildren.

Ray was a fitness devotee. Early on he took up tennis and golf, which he played avidly for nearly all his life. He also enjoyed football, skiing, swimming, basketball, bowling, and softball. He was an environmentalist well before its time, preaching the importance of minimizing waste and increasing recycling.

For over half of his work career, Ray worked as an account manager at Bardes Plastics in Milwaukee, retiring in 1997.

In March of 2020, Ray moved to Iowa City, Iowa to live with his daughter, Peggy.

Ray is survived by his four children, Raymond (Jeanine) Grimmer III of Coon Rapids, MN; Judith (Ben Whitehouse) Grimmer of Wilmette, IL, Peggy (Linda Hartford) Grimmer of Iowa City, IA, and Cathy (Jerry) Murphy of Oconomowoc, WI. Also survived by ten grandchildren; Daniel (Kylie) Grimmer, Alison (Riley) McSweeny, Carolyn Grimmer, Drew Grimmer, Jack Whitehouse, Alec Grimmer, Madelyn Murphy, Jerry Murphy, Nic Murphy, Rachel Murphy, and two great grandchildren; Nora McSweeny and Gavin Grimmer. He is also expecting a third great grandchild in May. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, Dorothy Capper, Larry, Jerry (Marge), Tim (Karen), Terry, Dennis (Jean), and Michael Grimmer, as well as his sister-in-law, Dee Grimmer, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings, Sr. Mary Ellen Grimmer, Joan Baker, Pat Knuth, Fran Kohn, and John Grimmer.

Our hearts ache for losing him, but we are comforted that he rests in the arms of Jesus.

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service

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