MARQUETTE - Raymond LeRoy Sischo, Jr., age 69, of Marquette took his last breath in his earthly life on the evening of Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and his next breath in eternal life. He fought a short, but very courageous battle with cancer, at home, in the loving, comforting care of his wife, Mary.
Ray was born on September 16, 1944 to Raymond and Luella (Hoy) Sischo. The family moved to Trenary in 1949 and he grew up on the family farm where he was taught the value of hard work. Ray graduated from the Mathias Township School in Trenary and then joined the United States Army, serving with the Department of Defense, Special Representative Military Assistance Command. At first, he was stationed in Washington, DC, where he had the honor of guarding at the White House while President Kennedy was in office, before proudly serving his country in Vietnam. Ray was proud that he helped the Vietnamese people and told of helping a young man who couldn't walk to safety. Getting supplies to those on the battlefield was an important part of his duties.
Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Marquette where he was employed with the Angeli Family in several managerial positions with Angeli's Super Value.
Raymond Sischo, Jr.
On July 21, 1984, Ray married the former Mary Potvin. Ray and Mary owned and operated Ray's Home Center for fifteen years. When Ray's Home Center combined with Swick Home Services, Ray remained in the plumbing business as an outside salesman for several companies. Following his retirement, Ray remained as a consultant for Swick Home Services.
Ray was an avid birdwatcher and was proud that he had over three hundred birds on his life list. Many weekends he could be found at Wild Birds Unlimited helping Kristi.
Ray had a special talent for woodcarving and met weekly with his friends Tim and Louie for an evening of carving and a glass of wine. His best work was always given as a gift to a family member. This past September, Ray was able to travel with his brother to his home in the Philippines. He spent the month exploring, birding, and enjoying the native foods. He regarded the trip as a once in a lifetime adventure.
Ray was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and the American Legion.
Ray was so proud of his daughters and their families, Diane (Alan) Ojala of Hartford, WI and their children, Tyler and Kaylee; Sherry (Philip) Weinert of Armada and their children, Noah and Eliana. Ray also leaves a sister, Shirley (Don) Powelson of Gladstone and his brother, Bruce (Marie) Sischo of the Philippines; and a sister-in-law, Grace Sischo of Harrison. Also surviving are special sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Russ Heathman of Appleton, WI and Sheila and Mike Maki of Marquette; mother-in-law, Jane Potvin of Marquette; and several special nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Luther "Bill" Sischo; a nephew, Scott Powelson; and his father-in-law, Fred P. Potvin.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Monday, April 21, beginning at 11:00 am. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday afternoon with Rev. Steve Hulke officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers and veteran's honors will be accorded. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Ray's name to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855 or Lake Superior Hospice Association, 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral home.com