Raymond "Ray" Schmechel, age 84, passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 and his beloved wife, Marlene M. (Davis) Schmechel, age 82, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, surrounded by their loving family. Ray was born September 29,1933 in Green Bay, son of the late Clarence and Irene (Verheyen) Schmechel and was a graduate of East De Pere High School. Marlene was born March 23, 1936 in Green Bay, WI, daughter of the late Bernard and Stella (Verheyden) Davis and was a graduate of Green Bay East High School.
After graduating from high school, Ray enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1956. Shortly after Ray's discharge from the Army, he met and married the love of his life, Marlene Davis. They shared 61 amazing years as husband and wife and were blessed with 6 children. Marlene was a licensed beautician and worked as a hairdresser until she started her most important job-raising her children. Ray retired from Fort Howard Paper Company after 35 years as a millwright.
Once Ray retired from Fort Howard, the couple began snow-birding in Florida, which allowed them to spend equal time with their children in Wisconsin and Florida. Ray was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Marlene was very creative and loved to paint, garden and bake. They both shared a love for the Green Bay Packers. Their family was their pride and joy.
Ray and Marlene are survived by their children: Daniel (Susan) Schmechel, Bonita (Michael) Wiesner, Julie (Wayne) Remondini, Linda (Daryl) Kinkeade, David (Cheryl) Schmechel and Robert Schmechel; 12 grandchildren: Reed and Madeline and step-daughters, Amanda and Robyn, Donald, Calvin and Nichole, Rachael and Ryan, David Jr., Samantha and Troy; 13 great-grandchildren (and 2 on the way!!); Ray's siblings: Beverly (Lloyd) Kolb, Gene (Nancy), Roger (Merideth) and Jeffrey (Paula) Schmechel; Ray's sister-in-law, Pat Schmechel and Marlene's sister, Betty (Tom) VanLieshout.
They were preceded in death by Ray's brother, Robert Schmechel and Marlene's brother, Thomas (Loyal) Davis.
Visitation will be held at Newcomer-Green Bay Chapel (340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay), Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM. A prayer service will conclude the visitation at 7 PM. Visitation will continue at St. Martin of Tours Parish (407 S. Warrington Ave., Cecil, WI), Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 10 to 11 AM. A funeral service will follow at 11 AM.
Ray and Marlene's family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Rennes, De Pere, as well as the Unity Hospice staff for their excellent care and support.