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Raymond A. Fechter

Raymond August Fechter, 87, passed away Saturday, April 12 at the HPH Hospice in Brooksville, Fla., surrounded by his family.

Born April 6, 1927, to August and Helen Fechter, he married Arlene F. Theisen on June 18, 1949 at St. Mathews Catholic Church in Campbellsport.

Born and raised on the family farm in Trenton, he was the oldest of nine children and served in the United States Army during World War II throughout Europe. He returned to the family farm and worked for Mercury Marine and other manufacturing companies. He became a carpet installer for Berries Furniture and Walters Furniture and then opened his own business, Fechter Flooring.

A lifetime member of the VFW Post 1393, his life revolved around his faith, family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors and gathering with friends and family at his favorite place near Crivitz. He loved laughing, airplanes, lunch and trips to the casino. The couple moved to Brooksville, Fla. in their later years.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlene; three sons, Michael (Linda) and Mark (Diane), of West Bend and Larry (Rhonda) of Iola; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Neu, of Newburg and Dorothy (James) Griesmer, of Hartford; two brothers, August and Richard (Martha) of Newburg; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Fechter, of Random Lake, Irene Fechter, of New Port Richey, Fla., Henry Theisen (friend Marion), of Eden, Norbert (friend Darlene), of Campbellsport, Delores Wollner of Newburg and Kathy (Roger) Schmidt, of Kewaskum; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, August and Helen Fechter; infant daughter, Ann Fechter; two brothers, Leo and Ralph; a sister, Martha Meyer; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Bernadine Theisen; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Fechter, Viola Theisen and Jeanne Theisen and brothers-in-law, LeRoy Neu, George Meyer, John Theisen and LeRoy Wollner.

Visitation will be from noon until 1:45 p.m. on Monday, April 21 at Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Washington County Memorial Park.




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