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Raymond T. Schwochert

May 3, 1934 ~ November 17, 2021 (age 87)

Obituary

Raymond Thomas Schwochert, age 87, of Spooner went home to meet our Lord on November 17, 2021. 

He was born on May 3, 1934, in Montello, Wisconsin, to Frank and Nona (Pahl) Schwochert; he was the sixth child out of seven born into the family.  They resided in Montello and Ray graduated from high school there with the Class of 1952.  After high school, Ray entered the United States Navy and served as a Radioman on the USS Rizzi and the USS Portunus until he was honorably discharged in 1956.  After the Navy, he had various jobs until he became a dispatcher, which led him to his career as a Trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol where he served for 27 years.  In 1976 Ray, while on duty, took his dinner breaks at Nick’s Family Restaurant where he fell in love with a waitress named Dorothy Allard.  They were united in marriage on August 13, 1977, and were blessed with two daughters.  Ray was a man of faith and a devout Catholic who regularly attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  Ray enjoyed being outside in the sunshine watching the hummingbirds, conversing with friends, and most especially spending time with his family and having his dog by his side. He had a passion for music, reading, writing poems, stories and memoirs, shooting his guns, and a freshly mowed lawn.  Ray was a man who loved learning and could often be heard saying, “I know a little about a lot.” One of his fondest weekends of the year was the annual Schwochert Family Reunion and sitting under the big oak trees in Montello with his siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Nona; brothers John, Richard, Theodore, and Daniel Schwochert; nephews Thomas, Jack, and David Schwochert; niece Loree (Schwochert) Neumann; and sisters-in-law, Catherine and Helen Schwochert.

Ray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy; children, Sarah (Kyle) Gahlon and Jennifer Schwochert; grandson, Elliott; step-grandchildren, Sydney and Isaac Gahlon; siblings, Paul Schwochert and Rita Campbell; sisters-in-law, Citana Schwochert and Nancy Schwochert; and many other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held at the Spooner Funeral Home on Friday, November 26, 2021, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Spooner, WI, with a graveside service to follow at the Spooner Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Hwy 70, Spooner, WI.  

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Services

Visitation
Friday
November 26, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Spooner Funeral Home
306 Rusk Street
Spooner, WI 54801

Visitation
Saturday
November 27, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
409 N Summit St
Spooner, WI 54801

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
November 27, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
409 N Summit St
Spooner, WI 54801

Graveside service with Military Honors
Saturday
November 27, 2021

12:00 PM
Spooner Veterans Memorial Cemetery
West Hwy 70
Spooner, WI 54801

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