Raymond John Klismith, 84, of Stevens Point, peacefully entered eternal life on Monday, January 9, 2012, at Ministry St. Michael's Hospital, lovingly surrounded by his wife, Mary, and children.
Raymond was the fourth child of the late Frank and Mary Klismith, born May 30, 1927. Ray was a second generation child of a pioneer family that was among the original German homesteaders that immigrated to Portage County in the late 1800s. He grew up on the family farms located along Highway 10 East. He shared many stories of his farm life and often talked about the many agricultural changes his father initiated in Portage County. He attended school at the one-room Stockton School, reading every history book he could find. As a young adult he was a very good fastpitch softball pitcher and hitter.
He was married to Mary (Waldoch) on October 16, 1951, at St. Stanislaus Church. He worked for Kluck Construction and then purchased the Zalewski homestead family farm near St. Casimir's Church. In addition to farming, Ray was assessor of the Town of Hull. In 1959, he and his brother, Frank, established the Klismith lumber/logging/sawmill business, with Ray and Mary eventually becoming sole owners of the company in 1964. Many of his children were employed in the family saw mill lumber business.
Raymond enjoyed baseball, trapping, reading history books, hunting, gardening, listening to music (especially polka music), and the genealogy of the people he met. He will be remembered by all for his love of his wife and his three daughters and seven sons, and his extended family. Ray had a wonderful wit and sense of humor and modeled a strong work ethic and faith in God. His home was a favorite place for nephews and nieces to visit on Sunday afternoons.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary; daughters, Therese (Duane) Greuel, Jeanne (Robert) Foss, and Christine (Thomas) Zalac all of Stevens Point; sons, Philip (Carol), Patrick (Mary), Peter (Kerry) and Gary (Jeanne) all Stevens Point; son, Matthew (Carla) of Plainfield; son, Paul of Park City, Utah; daughter-in-law, Donna Klismith of Wausau; sisters, Regina Prondzinski, Millie Glodoski, Betty (Frank) Skierka, Leona Bembenek, Kathleen Prondzinski; one brother, Edwin; 29 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by one son, George; three brothers, Henry, Benedict, and Frank; and three infant siblings.
The family of Raymond thanks the staff at Care Partners Assisted Living, Ministry St. Michael's Hospital, Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home and all others who had cared for him.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with the Rev. George Thayikuzhithottu officiating. Burial will take place in Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home, 703 2nd Street, Stevens Point, and again at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time for Mass. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com. (715) 344-4595.