Larry RaetherApril 18, 1942 ~ November 5, 2017 (age 75)
Larry J. Raether, 75, died on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Tampa, FL. Larry was born to the late Gaylord and Marian (Ebert) Raether in Green Bay, WI on April 18, 1942. Larry attended Bonduel High School. He served three years in The U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 and was honorably discharged. He worked for Wisconsin Wire Works, Northwest Engineering Company, Sears, Underwriters Laboratories and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 34 years, retiring in 1999.
Larry married Patricia Stutzman on April 27, 1963 in Cicero, WI and they lived in Black Creek, WI before moving to Green Bay, WI. He renewed his marriage vows on February 22, 1980. For 53 years they lived their marriage vows through good times and bad times, and in sickness and in health. Together as life partners, they raised two children.
Larry was a former member of the Elks Lodge #259 where he spent many enjoyable evenings socializing with friends. He joined Theodore Roosevelt Lodge #322 F & A M where he became a Master Mason in 1983 and served his lodge as Worshipful Master in 1992 and 1999. He tried to live a life of high morals and always played by the rules. He was a member of American Legion Post 11. He joined Martha Washington Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star in 1993 and was a Past Patron. He joined Beja Shrine in 1980 and was a 32nd degree Mason of Scottish Rite and member of Nazarene Shrine #8. He spent many years camping with a Green Bay Campers Club.
Larry loved to travel and traveled every spring to Tampa, FL from 1976 until they moved to Clearwater, FL full time in 2000 and then moved back to Wisconsin in 2007. He was an avid reader, former Packer season ticket holder for many years, enjoyed fishing on Lake Michigan, deer hunting and the many years he spent pheasant hunting with his beloved canine best friend, Heidi. He enjoyed traveling and was able to live out his personal dream of motor home travel for six summers. He enjoyed traveling around the United States in his motor home. He and his wife took an extensive trip in to Arizona with their two granddaughters and two family dogs. He valued greatly his relationship with his daughter, granddaughters and great grandson. He spent the last year living with his daughter in Tampa and spending afternoons with his great grandson.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Susan Booth of Tampa, FL; two granddaughters whom he loved dearly, Sabrina Booth of Tampa, FL and Jacqueline (Chad) Chapman of Sacramento, CA; great grandson, Aidan Werth of Tampa, FL; brother, Dan (Judy) Raether of Little Suamico, WI; brother in law, James Stutzman of Mesa, AZ; as well as many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; and son, Craig.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Shrine of The Good Shepherd Mausoleum Chapel, 2770 Bay Settlement Road, from 9:00 am until the time of Funeral Service at 11:00 am. A Masonic Service and Military Honors will follow. Entombment will take place at Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.