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Raymond Ploeckelmann, age 81, of 1446 W. Washington Ave. Cleveland, died unexpectedly late Monday night, March 11, 2013 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan following a lengthy illness.
Raymond was born September 5, 1931 in Two Rivers to the late Alvin and Loretta (Ruthmansdorfer) Ploeckelmann. At the age of 18, he entered the U.S. Navy where he would serve for 20 years, mainly as an Aviation Ordinance Specialist and retire in June of 1970 as a Chief Petty Officer. During his twenty years, Ray served in Airwings on 5 different carriers, including two 1 year tours in Vietnam. He received many medals and letters of commendation, including one from President John F. Kennedy. He was a member of numerous military organizations over the years. Raymond's pride for his country and for all military servicemen and women was very apparent.
After retiring from the Navy, Ray worked many years on several area dairy farms, and again retired after working as a master cabinetmaker for 7 years with Greatwood Log Homes.
He enjoyed woodworking, stamp collecting, gardening and collecting football cards. Most of all, Ray wants his family to know that the greatest love of his life & reason for living was his wife, Mabel; his entire extended family; grandkids, great grandkids, and great-great grandkids. Raymond was married to Mabel Staab on October 25, 1969 in San Diego, CA.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel; his children, Lana (Norman) Wilson, Rodney (Wanda) Ploeckelmann, Sandra (Lenny) Mahuta, Craig (Debbie) Holland, Gaye Lynn (David) Shockley, Kelly (Glen) VanEss, Randy (Sue Strickland) Ploeckelmann, and Bobbi Stauber; one brother, Robert (Sue) Ploeckelmann; and one sister, Barbara Ploeckelmann; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky; two grandchildren; and five brothers, Richard, Jerry, Alvin, LaVern, and Donald.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 - 18th St., Two Rivers. Chaplain James Gilliam will officiate at the service, with private entombment to follow in Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum, Hwy. 310, Manitowoc. Military graveside rites will be accorded immediately following the funeral service at the funeral home by members of the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team.
The family will greet relatives and friends at Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, Saturday morning from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. There will be no Friday evening visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to a memorial fund being established in Ray's name.
The Ploeckelmann family would like to extend a special thank you to all members of the Cleveland 1st Responders.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Mar. 14, 2013