Obit: Gripentrog, Ray D. #2 (1924 - 2008)
Surnames: Gripentrog, Dann, See, Bernier, Kueng, Mittelstadt, Meyers, Fleming
----Source: Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.) 18 Apr. 2008
Gripentrog, Ray D. (22 Apr. 1924 - 16 Apr. 2008)
Gripentrog, Ray D. Of Glendale. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the age of 83 years. Beloved husband for 61 years of Trudy (nee See). Loving father of Sharon (Steve) Dann, Ashia Gripentrog, Susan Gripentrog, Ann Bernier, Maria (Kevin) Kueng, Therese (Scott) Mittelstadt, John Gripentrog, and Steve Gripentrog. Proud grandfather of Christopher, Shannon, Sarah, Brionna, Benjamin, Janelle, Ellie, Katie and four great grandchildren. Brother of Ted (Ardene) Gripentrog, Greta (Vic) Meyers and Judy (Dee) Fleming. Further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Herb, Neale and Earle.
Friends may greet the family at the funeral home from 4-7 PM on Sunday, April 20 with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, April 21 at ST. MONICA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5601 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Whitefish Bay (please meet at church). Internment at Resurrection Cemetery.
If desired, memorials to St. Monica Catholic Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII and a graduate of UW-La Crosse. He taught and coached at high schools in Withee, Thorp and Chippewa Falls WI before moving to Milwaukee where he taught and coached at Dominican and Nicolet high schools. He was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Association. Hall of Fame in 1991. Ray was a former Alderman for the City of Glendale. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4706 of Whitefish Bay, and a member of Cudworth Post #23--the American Legion. He was an active participant in the Senior Olympics and the 55+ softball and volleyball leagues of the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Services. The family extends its gratitude to the caring staff at Columbia Hospital ICU. Ray will be dearly missed by family and friends. Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service 106 West Silver Spring Drive Whitefish Bay 414-964-3040.
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