Raymond J. Borchardt, 85, Wittenberg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 8, 2011 under the care of his family and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, Wausau, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 21, 1926 in New London, the son of the late John and Margaret (Stranen) Borchardt. Ray was a US Navy Veteran serving during World War II. He was stationed on a L.S.T. ship in the Pacific and drove a landing craft transporting troops from ship to shore. He was a member of the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502 for 60 years. On March 8, 1947, he was united in marriage to Isabelle Sickler in Birnamwood. She survives. Ray graduated from Antigo Technical College with an auto mechanic degree. He worked at the former Bloecher's HiWay Garage, Wittenberg for over 35 years. In addition, Ray drove school bus for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District for over 50 years. He was a volunteer fireman for the Wittenberg Fire Department for 35 years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg and enjoyed gardening, working in the woods, fixing things and working on cars. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Isabelle Borchardt, seven children; Ron (Bev) Borchardt, Manitowoc, Mike (Dar) Borchardt, Jim Borchardt, both of Wittenberg, Sue Bushman, Weston, Mary (Dave) Dahlman, Menasha, Allen (JoAnn) Borchardt, Eland and Bob (Laurie) Borchardt, Waukesha, 22 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, siblings; Herb (Donna) Borchardt, South Beloit, IL, John (Rita) Borchardt, Schofield and Bernice Bossell, Cadott, in-laws; Lorraine Borchardt, Waukesha, Bernice Sickler, Wittenberg, Larry (Pat) Sickler, Birnamwood, Vernabelle (Harold) Fleck, Rolling Meadows, IL and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a brother, Donald, Brother-in-law; Clarendon Bossell and Gordon Sickler. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, December 12, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Rev. Michael Larson will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Wittenberg with military rites conducted by the American Legion. Visitation will be held on Monday from 9am until the time of service at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with funeral arrangments. The family guest book and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com.