THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: October 17, 2019
Raymond Walters, 93, of Green Bay, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, surrounded by family.
Born Dec. 27, 1925 in Marinette after a sleigh ride over a snow-covered field to the neighbors, whom took his mother to the hospital 15 miles away, he grew up on the family farm two miles west of Porterfield in the Town of Lake, on the banks of the Peshtigo River and attended the one room Ferndale School for all eight grades. He then attended Marinette High School from 1940 to 1944 during World War II.
He was involved in 4-H, Grange, Farm Bureau and other farm activities and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He played softball for Badger Mills and 4-H in the 1940's, played piano, accordion and harmonica and enjoyed square dancing, learning to call and helped with folk dances.
Liking poetry and a good writer, he started writing poetry in 1987. He also built homes for family and for others and enjoyed woodworking, repairing and doing finishing work.
A member of St. Joseph Church at Walsh, he met Jane Panske at a dance and they married at St. Joseph Church on Sept. 3, 1955. They were together for 64 years and had five children.
When the farm became too small for two families, they gave it up and moved to Marinette, where he worked at Ansul Company. The farm was then sold and his parents moved to Peshtigo where they lived until their passing. Wanting to do trade work, they moved to Green Bay where he became a carpenter and maintenance and apartment repair man.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; five children, Mike (Jean) Walters, Diane Jenquin, Lori Walters, David (Beth) Walters and Elizabeth (Tony) Wanek; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, John and Clara Walters, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John (Irene) Walters and Robert (Shirley) Walters.
Visitation was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Jim Dillenburg, assisted by Sr. Marla Clercx A.N.G. officiated with entombment in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Blaney Funeral Home of Green Bay assisted the family with arrangements. Donations are appreciated to complete his final wish of publishing his poems.