GREEN BAY, WI – Raymond “Bud” Alfred Murto, 84, of Green Bay, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, after succumbing to chronic heart disease.
Raymond was born on June 21,1933, in Atlantic Mine, MI, to the late Alfred and Esther (Porkka) Murto. He grew up on the family farm there, then moved to Marquette, MI, where he attended Northern Michigan University. Having been an avid hockey player, he was at the Palestra Ice Rink where he met the love of his life, Kathleen Bergstrom, whom he later married on August 19,1956.
Raymond’s college studies were interrupted by his enlistment in the Korean War, where he proudly served as a supply sergeant in the army. He eventually returned to NMU, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics. Raymond and Kathleen moved to Green Bay in 1967 and became members of Ascension Lutheran Church. He spent the majority of his career in the lumber and hardwoods industry and, upon retirement, loved to cheer on the Packers and Brewers, read and go RVing.
Raymond will be deeply missed by his wife, Kathleen, and his son, Mark Murto. Also surviving him are four daughters, Karen Murto (significant other, Todd Gill), Amy (Todd) Anderson, Bonny Murto and Kristen Murto (significant other, Steve Butnick). His surviving grandchildren include Matthew Hobbins, Brett Hobbins and Lexie Anderson; Reijo Murto and Kendall (Yates) Allmaras and Leah Yates; Ryan and Isaac Fournier. He has been blessed with three great grandchildren: Miles Hobbins, Leo Hobbins, and Jackson Hobbins.
Raymond also leaves behind his brother Bob (Alice) Murto and their children, sister Mary (John) Hultquist and their child, and brother Steve Murto. Raymond also leaves behind numerous cherished nieces and nephews and friends, too many to count.
Raymond was known for his endless wit, charm and story-telling. Family gatherings will be remembered for his colorful stories that brought life to every event. He lived life to its fullest and will be dearly missed by all.
Visitation begins at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2911 Libal Street, Allouez from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Thursday, August 3. The funeral service will also be held at Ascension Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m. with the Reverends Luther and Lori Swenson officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Proko- wall.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Raymond’s name. The family extends their sincere gratitude to the ICU staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center for the loving care Raymond received while there.