THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: March 27, 2013
Pastor Jerry Cho will officiate at the funeral services for Robert Pat Raisler, 96, of Oconto Falls, on Thursday, March 28 at 12 noon at Oconto Falls United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held at the church after 10 a.m. on Thursday until time of service. Burial will take place in Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Westmont, Ill. Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls is serving the family. He died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, March 24 at home with his wife by his side.
Born April 19, 1916 in Chicago to John Jack and Emily (Vesely) Raisler, he grew up in the Chicago area where he graduated from high school. As a young man, he served in the United States Army during World War II, where he saw combat in the Pacific Theatre and also played the saxophone in the Army Band.
On June 12, 1943 he married Ruth Behnke in Clarendon Hills, Ill., where he was employed by the American Archery Co. When the company moved to Oconto Falls in 1966, the couple moved there, where he continued his over 35 year employment with the company. His wife, Ruth preceded him in death on May 14, 1992. On April 29, 1995 he married Leora Jones-Schultz and the couple enjoyed almost 18 years together, laughing, dancing and always seeming to bring out the best in each other. A longtime member of the Oconto Falls Methodist Church, he enjoyed singing in the Choir. He also held membership in the Oconto Falls American Legion Post #302.
Surviving are his wife, Leora; his three children, David (Mary) Raisler of Pensacola, Fla., Robert (Margot) Raisler of Sanford, Fla. and Nancy Raisler of Louisville, Colo.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, John E. Raisler of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Leoras son, Allen Butch (Leann) Schultz of Beaver Dam; a special sister-in-law, Grace Hyland of Oconto Falls and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his first wife, Ruth, he was preceded in death by a sister, Millie Millar and a brother, Bill Raisler.