Raymond W. Weber, age 75, of Wisconsin Rapids passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner. Rev. Kevin Ader will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church.
Raymond was born on Nov. 16, 1945 in Chicago, IL to William R. and Helen M. (Peters) Weber. He married the love of his life, Donna M. Weber, twice on August 26 and August 28, 1965 (interesting story) enjoying 55 years of marriage. They raised a family of three girls: Donna (Truett) Morrison, Burlington NC, Kristina (James) Miller, Wis. Rapids and Joanna (Nathan) Whitrock, Sun Prairie. His family grew to include four granddaughters and two grandsons. He is further survived by a twin brother, William (Janet), and sisters Barbara (Donald) Rosner and Karen (Delos) Faivre. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.
After graduating from John Edwards High School and North Central Technical College Ray worked in the electrical field retiring as a State of Wisconsin Electrical Inspector and Code Consultant. He was active in the national electrical code development process serving on several code making panels and chairman of code making panel 2 and panel 3.
Ray was also a member of the UL Laboratory Electrical Code Council and on their Technical Appeals board. He served on the board of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors for 18 years and as the Associations International President in 2002. Ray received several honors during his career in the electrical field including the prestigious Edward Lawry Award for Excellence, the Wayne G. Russell Award for Electrical Safety for the Agricultural Community and the Northwest Wisconsin Building Inspectors Association Inspector of the Year Award.
The military was a huge part of Ray’s life for 21 years. After attending the Wisconsin Military Academy he worked to attain the rank of Major with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Being civic minded, he held leadership positions for several years in the Rapids Municipal Credit Union, the Town of Grand Rapids Planning and Zoning Committee and at St. John Lutheran Church.
Ray loved the tranquility of outdoors and enjoyed planting and harvesting trees on his farm on 48th street. His spare time was spent logging and operating his sawmill to provide lumber for various projects. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and playing cards. Ray’s greatest joy was in being a loving father to his three daughters and to watch them become successful adults.
Memorials may be designated to St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, is honored to be assisting the Weber family.
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