Holschbach, Raymond E.
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Raymond E. Holschbach, age 89, of 3304 Highway 310, Manitowoc, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc.
He was born on April 6, 1923 in Manitowoc, son of the late Ernst and Hedwig "Hattie" Bartnik Holschbach. Ray was a graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School, Class of 1941. He then served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II serving overseas in Guam with the 20th Air Force as a tailgunner on B29 Bombers from February 1943 until March 1946. On July 20, 1946 he married the former Pearl I. Noffke at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Appleton. She preceded him in death on September 14, 2000. Ray was employed at Oriental Milling, North American Van Lines and Hartwig Transit as a truck driver, retiring in 1989. He also operated the family farm on Highway 310 for many years.
Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law: Steve & Lynne Holschbach, Manitowoc, David & Jane Holschbach, Manitowc, Joe & Kay Holschbach, Whitelaw, Mike Holschbach & Betty Webel, Two Rivers, Jim & Dawn "Scoobie" Holschbach, Kellnersville; five daughters and sons-in-law: Helen "Cookie" Mueller & John Archibald, Milwaukee, Marie "MiMi" & Al Thiede, Appleton, Ann Keil & Steve Schwartz, Manitowoc, Barb Holschbach & Jeff Ehlers, Denmark, Patti & John Delsman, Manitowoc; 16 Grandchildren: Chris Tubbs, Nikki Tindall, Eric Thiede, Jenny Van Groll, Allison Thiede D.V.M., Bianca Reisner, Amy DeQuaine, Matt & Luke Holschbach, Chris Holschbach, Nick, Missy & Lane Holschbach, Lyndsay & Lauren Holschbach, Kari Delsman; 16 Great Grandchildren; a brother: Ernie Holschbach, Mequon; a sister: Irene Shimon, Two Rivers, two sisters-in-law: Jean "Jenner" Wydeven, Menasha, Margaret "Honey" Schley, Brillion; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Leo & Izzie Huelsbeck, Menasha. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was also preceded in death by a son: Charles; a sister: Ruth Holschbach; three sisters-in-law: Elaine, Evie & Dee Holschbach; three brothers-in-law: Adolph Shimon, Ronald "Buddy" Wydeven, Clyde Schley; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law: Bernice "Tootsie" Huelsbeck, Ruth "Ruthie" & Wilbert "Moon" Fredericks; and four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law: Sherman "Shermie" Noffke, Roy & Lorraine Noffke, Harold "Teenie" Noffke and Ralph "Bucky" & Dorothy Noffke.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, Manitowoc. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Dave Pleier with burial at Knollwood Memorial Gardens, town of Kossuth, at a later date. Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial, Military Rites will be accorded outside of church by V.F.W. Otto Oas Post #659.
The family will greet relatives and friends at The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. led by Deacon Ken Nelesen. Friends may also call Monday morning at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, Manitowoc, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.pfefferfuneralhome.com
The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his care team: Anne, Andrea, Bev and Kat. Ray enjoyed all sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and for many years was an avid bowler and baseball player. For the past 54 years Ray hosted an annual Labor Day family reunion.
Pfeffer Funeral Home
928 South 14th Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Feb. 8, 2013