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In Memory of Raymond J. Guski

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday August 7, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Church Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday August 8, 2022
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1295 Ridgeway Street
Hammond Wisconsin, 54015

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday August 8, 2022
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1295 Ridgeway Street
Hammond Wisconsin, 54015

 Raymond John Guski, age 80, of Hammond, WI, passed away in Ridgeland, WI on July 30, 2022. 

 

He was born on December 6, 1941 in Washburn, WI to parents Louis and Ruth (Hanson) Guski.  Ray was raised in Washburn and graduated from Washburn High School with the Class of 1959.  He married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Bachand on September 8, 1962 and they settled outside of Roberts, WI where Ray worked as a Farm Hand. 

 

A few years later they moved to Hammond Township.  In 1966 they purchased a hobby farm where he resided for 56 years.  Four children were born to this union; Suzanne Kay in 1963, Randall Raymond in 1966, Timothy Jay in 1968 and Sharrin Fay in 1973.  The family enjoyed their time on the farm milking cows for many years then switching over to sheep and swine and eventually adding goats. 

 

He was a 4-H Leader with the True Blue 4-H club leading his children, grandchildren and others with their sheep and goat projects. His grandchildren have fond memories of Grandpa hanging out in the barnyard with his goats.  When Ray let his sheep out to graze in the front yard, he could be seen riding his bike along the road and driveway or just standing roadside to ensure that the animals stayed in the yard.  Directions to the Guski home often included “the place with all the sheep.”  Ray’s work career included time at Nor-Lake in Hudson, WI, time as an Artificial Inseminator with Midwest Breeders working with farmers in the rural River Falls, WI area and as a Welder at Doboy Packaging in New Richmond, WI from which he retired after 29 years.  After retiring, he enjoyed taking care of his animals and sharing that love with his grandchildren and great grandchildren as well attending their school and sporting events.  Many grandkids showed goats at county fairs with Ray hanging out in the barn keeping a careful eye on them.  Ray’s later years became more difficult as he struggled with Parkinson’s Disease.  He worried more about those who were caring for him than he did about his Parkinson’s.  When sitting at home in his chair, he enjoyed watching the wild birds eat from feeders outside his living room window. 

 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen; parents, Louis & Ruth Guski; in-laws, John & Patricia Bachand; brother, Howard Guski; brother & sister-in-law, John (Tom) & Shirley Bachand; granddaughter, Jillian Berge; nephew and Godson, Landon Young; nephew, Harland Thoen; and niece Sandra (Bachand) Gobler.  Ray will be missed by his four children and their families: Suzanne (Michael) Berge & their children Matthew Berge (Kelsey True) and Jessica (Anthony) Jelen with sons Aldrich and Gunnar Jelen; Randy (Tracy Hagen) Guski & Randy’s children Andrew, Alexander, Aaron & Abigail Guski and their mother Diane (Bol) Guski along with Tracy’s daughter Olivia Dillon; Tim (Angi) Guski & their children Katrina Guski, Melanie (Joe) Anderson with daughter Jaimee Sorensen & son Everett Anderson, Tyler (Sophia) Guski with daughter Gabriella Guski, Samantha (Daniel) Pluth with son Rowan Pluth, Nichole, Rachel and Gabriel Guski; Shari (Jeff) Turvaville and daughters Hope, Joy and Grace Turvaville.

 

Visitation for Raymond will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 8, 2022 at the St Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1265 Ridgeway St, Hammond, WI with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. 

 

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    • Susanne, Randy, Tim and Shari I’m sorry for the loss of your Dad. I did not know him much, but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that my Dad and him would carry on their own conversation when there was gatherings. I remember Ray being being a kind person and helpful with 4-H goat project. I’m sorry I am not able to be at Ray’s wake or funeral. (I live in IL and currently am in the process of moving) Please know that I’m with you(s) in spirit during this time. You have my condolances and deepest sympathy.

    • I would like to let Ray’s family know they have my deepest sympathy. I worked with Ray for many years Doboy. He was a great guy to work with and I have many fond memories of Ray.
      One of those memories I have a Ray was the first day I met him. It was the first day I started working at Doboy. He asked me where I was from and when I had got into welding. I said I had just graduated from Rice Lake vocational school. He said to me “I was just up there to a graduation that Rice Lake my sister what was the school up there“. I told him Ray I seen your sister at the school.
      He helped me tremendously with my work at Doboy. I will never forget him.