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Raymond John Lentz

March 29, 1953 August 9, 2016
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Obituary for Raymond John Lentz

Raymond J. Lentz, 63, of Abrams, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at his home. He was the youngest son of William and Pauline (Frantz) Lentz, born March 29, 1953 in Menominee, MI. Ray joined the US Navy, proudly serving 2 years, 11 months, 21 day aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4. He was able to see Italy while in service including, Rome and the Vatican City. He worked for Cargartts’ in Marinette with Jim Fisher; for the city of Menominee, the last years at Riverside Cemetery with Tom LaFleur; at Matravers Hardware in Oconto; Kimps Hardware in Howard. Ray “enjoyed a challenge” and took great pride in helping customers solve their house-hold problems. He also enjoyed working in his wood shop to finish off the inside of his and Charlie’s house and making items for family members. Many beers were drunk watching movies and westerns and sports and stories told and retold in “the man cave.” Ray took a lot of ribbing about being a Lions fan in northeast Wisconsin and watched every Lions game that he could, celebrating the good plays and groaning through the bad ones.

Raymond is survived by his wife of nearly 13 years, Carol “Charlie” (Bartels); brother, William (Laurel) Lentz, MI, and their children and grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer, Jeffrey and Ella Lentz, NV; Ryan and Melissa, Brooke, Neveah and Colton Krycka, IN; Laurel’s mom Harriet “Gigi” Gotsch of St. Joseph, MI; Charlies children and “ the grand kids” Pat and Kate, Emily and Joseph Aerts, Abrams; and Jeremy Aerts of Little Suamico. Ray loved being a brother, uncle, great uncle and “one proud little grandpa.” No bull-sh*t!

Thanks to Oncology (Green Bay and Oconto Falls); the staff at St. Claire Hospital; St. Vincent Hospital, with love to the valet guys and gals, 9th floor staff, 2nd floor rehab, transport service and radiology staff; Bill and Laurel Lentz and family; Butch Bartels and Judy Betts; Dan, Sheri and Autumn Przewrocki, Joe and Pam Walus; the Pie Ladies; Jacky Stoll; the staff and “breakfast bunch” at Benjamins in Oconto; the Frantz, Johnson, and Lentz cousins; Dawn and Dave Williamson; Emily, Julie, Cheryl, Gloria and Bill of Unity Hospice; Fr. Joel and Kathy; Kathy, Joey and Christine of County Market; Andrea and George Johnson and family; Bill Gallagher; Julie and Pam of Abrams BP; all of the amazing and supportive people who we’ve met during Rays year-long battle with stage 3 lung cancer who supplied love, food, hugs, sent cards prayers and well wishes.

Ray said he “wasn’t going anywhere until I’ve irritated enough people”, but he always said it with a smile :).

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Stiles, from 9 to 11 AM Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Memorial services will be conducted 11 AM Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Military Rites by Oconto American Legion Post #74Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

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Visitation

Wednesday

17

Aug

9:00 AM 8/17/2016 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/17/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

5248 St. Patricks Road
Lena, WI 54139

St. Patrick Catholic Church
5248 St. Patricks Road Lena 54139 WI
United States

Service

Wednesday

17

Aug

11:00 AM 8/17/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

5248 St. Patricks Road
Lena, WI 54139

Memorial service by Rev. Joel Sember with Military Rites by Oconto American Legion Post #74.

St. Patrick Catholic Church
5248 St. Patricks Road Lena 54139 WI
United States
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