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Ray J. Karchinski, 90, passed away at his Ashwaubenon home Friday, January 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 14, 1923, to Joseph and Agnes (Smith) Karchinski. Ray graduated from Seymour High School and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Sullivan Wallen Post #11 and the Ashwaubenon VFW Post #10244. Ray and Sarah Karchinski were married at St. Mary's church in De Pere. He retired from FMC Corporation after 37 years as a machinist. Ray enjoyed the outdoors especially working in his garden. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewer games. After Ray retired he still woke up early to meet his friends at Skips restaurant during the week for breakfast.
Survivors include his son, Jeff (Jennifer) Karchinski; daughter, Kim Karchinski; two granddaughters, Alexandria and Michelle Karchinski; one sister, Martha Baranowski; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Karchinski, Minnie Karchinski; Al and Carol Sabel, Pete and Kathy Sabel, James and Dorothy Sabel; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Sarah who passed away on January 17, 2001; parents Joseph and Agnes and two brothers, Felix and Chester Karchinski.
Friends may visit Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 2270 S. Oneida Street from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday. American Legion and VFW services will be held at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church with Rev. John Harper officiating. Military Honors will follow the church services. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, De Pere. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send on-line condolences, please visit www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Ray's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. David Groteluschen, Tara Lien and the entire staff at Green Bay Oncology for giving Ray 8 more years of quality life as well as the staff of Unity Hospice for making it possible to spend his final journey in the comfort of his home
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Unity Hospice in Ray's name.
Ray/Dad "We love you and miss you! A day won't go by that we don't think of you. You were a loving father and grandfather and will be in our hearts and minds always."
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 20, 2014