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Raymond G. Gruetzmacher II
Issue Date: December 26, 2018
Raymond Gilbert Gruetzmacher II, 69, of Suring, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, with family by his side.
Born Sept. 7, 1949 in Shawano, to the late Raymond and Maybelle (Crow) Gruetzmacher, he graduated from Shawano High School in 1968 and married Sue Ashenbrenner on May 26, 1973 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Leopolis. He earned an Associate Degree from the UW-Oshkosh and attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he earned a Mortuary Science degree.
In 1975, they made Suring their home and raised two children, Brent and Kim, while he worked at Soulek Funeral Home. In 1983, he purchased the funeral home, now known as Gruetzmacher Funeral Home and operated it until 2016 when he retired and transitioned the business to his son, Brent Gruetzmacher, who currently operates the business.
Growing up near Shawano Lake, he enjoyed boating and water skiing, loved to bird and deer hunt with family and friends, had a passion for grilling and could cook as well as most chefs, but especially enjoyed making dill pickles.
His hobbies included cooking maple syrup, cutting firewood, woodworking and riding his John Deere lawnmower. He enjoyed retirement riding around in his old pick up truck that he acquired from his best friend. Most recently he enjoyed cruising the neighborhood in his golf cart and taking his grandsons for rides.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sue; a daughter, Kim (Jeff) Kinsler of Nashville, Tn.; a son, Brent (Kimberly) Gruetzmacher of Suring and their sons, Grant and Cole and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Friday, Dec. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring from 2:30 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 5 p.m., with Pastor Michael Paholke officiating. A memorial fund has been established.