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Raymond Schwickerath

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Raymond Bernard Schwickerath, age 93 of New Hampton, IA, died Friday, September 14, 2018, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton with John Schwickerath, Jonas Schwickerath, Jacob Kuennen, Joshua Kuennen, Matthew Kearney, David Kearney and Joseph Schwickerath serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Angie Haskovec, Megan Abbas, Maelyn Heying, Laura Schwickerath, Jessica Kuennen, Alicia Petersen and Andrea Petersen. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a 8:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Friday at Church. Raymond Bernard Schwickerath was born January 12, 1925, in New Hampton, IA the son of Herman and Katherine (Dockendorf) Schwickerath. He attended school in North Washington until the 4th grade and then in Lawler. After finishing the 8th grade, he began to help his family on the farm. In 1941 Ray met Virginia at a house party and it was love at first sight. He told his brother the next morning that he had met the woman he would marry. He left for the service in 1943 and Virginia wrote to him every day and their love story continued through his years in World War II. He served in the 161st Infantry Regiment of the “Tropic Lightning” 25th Infantry Division from December 1943 to March 1946. He was injured in the Luzon Island, Philippines Campaign in March 1945. During his service he was awarded The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and Occupation of Japan Medal. He was honorably discharged in March 1946 and the couple was married a month later on April 25, 1946, at the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Jerico, Iowa. Ray and Virginia were blessed with 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Shortly after marriage, Ray began working at Bieber Auto Parts and then Dorfman Auto Supply in New Hampton. Ray drove truck for a short while, before starting his own business, New Hampton Freight. In 1968, it transitioned to New Hampton Transfer and Storage as it operates today. Ray also was co-owner of Chip’s Ballroom in Lawler from 1975 – 2000. In 1980, Ray’s son Chip bought New Hampton Transfer and Storage, and although Ray technically retired, he enjoyed continuing to work with his son, and grandson, helping where he could. In 2015 he officially retired at 90. Ray adored spending time with his children and grandchildren. Family was everything to him and he was a very proud grandpa. He loved traveling to Las Vegas to play slots and also looked forward to attending the Indianapolis 500 every year. He and Virginia enjoyed traveling to Arizona where they enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a passion for the outdoors, especially turtle hooking and spending quality time with his family fishing at their home near Fredericksburg Ray was a member of the Lawler American Legion Post #279 and a former member of the New Hampton Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a life long member of Holy Family Parish in New Hampton and his faith was very important to him. Ray's smile and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Ray is survived by three sons, Dave (Jennifer) Schwickerath of Kennesaw, GA, William “Chip” (Darlene) Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA, Brian (Carol) Schwickerath of Waterloo, IA; three daughters, Susan Kearney of West Des Moines, IA, Bridget (Ken) Kuennen of Denver, IA, Anita (Andy) Petersen of Chandler, AZ; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Stricke of Rochester, MN, Sister Lucia Schwickerath of St. Paul, MN; one brother-in-law, James (Sharon) Weigel of Charles City, IA; three sisters-in-law, Marlene Weigel of New Hampton, IA, Doris Weigel of Cedar Falls, IA; Theresa Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Virginia on July 16, 2005; two brothers, Virgil and Mark Schwickerath; two sisters, Florence Throndson & Margie Martin and great-grandson Noah Haskovec The family plans to make a donation to the Lawler American Legion Post #279 in his memory.

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  1. I had the privilege of visiting with Ray on Saturday evenings when I would bring him communion. He was such a kind gentleman who loved his family dearly and had great faith. Thoughts and prayers to his entire family. I will miss our visits.

  2. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the Schwockerath family. Ray had a special place in many prople’s lives and will be greatly missed. Nolan Haskovec and Jarrett Corr

  3. WE are soo sorry to hear about Ray what a wonderful man we are soo lucky to have known him…
    Thinking of you Tim & Terry Phillips

  4. To all Ray’s Family with Deepest Sympathy for your loss. My you all find comfort from the comforter at all times especially during this time of loss.

  5. Our deepest condolences for the loss of your father and grandfather! We are certain there was a joyous reunion in heaven when Virginia welcomed him to his eternal home. There’s was a great love! May God grant each of you peace and comfort during this time of grief. Hugs! Joseph and Sharon Haskovec

  6. For all his family, sorry for your loss. He was a hard working family man. Leroy remembers him driving truck to Donaldson.

  7. Our deepest sympathies for the Schwickerath Families. Ray was a super great guy that would always see you..Sending hugs.

  8. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Ray, Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss of loved one! Lyn (Meissen) Bruns

  9. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Our deepest sympathy to the Schwickerath family

  10. This was a nice picture of Ray with Bridget and Ken taken a few weeks ago at Schwickerath Family Reunion 2018. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to all in the Ray Schwickerath Family! Gordon and Linda (Mashek) Arneson

  11. Thinking of you all and sending sympathies as Ray has been called home to our Lord. Many memories of Ray over the years down at Chip’s ballroom and knowing how much pride he took in serving our Country and leading the Lawler Legion during the Memorial Day ceremonies. He loved his family very much and would do anything for them. Hardest working guy that woke up every day and lived it with passion. God bless him. Love from Lakeville, MN. Tom Smith

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It was a truly my pleasure taking care of him and getting to know him.

  13. All our thoughts and prayers to Raymond’s family. May his memories console you in the next days. Jeanne and David Roder

  14. Going through life, you remember the people who made an impact on you. Ray was one of those people. Ray always had a smile to greet you and time to visit. He had a positive attitude, quick wit and was hard working. He valued his Country and family with so much love. It was a privilege to have known Ray. With Deepest Sympathies to the Schwickerath Family. May God Bless him.

  15. To Brian and Carol and all the Schwickerath families you have our thoughts and prayers in this time of your loss. I remember Ray as always being busy , but always having a smile on his face.A good Man!
    Brad and Tess Sheehy

  16. Chip, Darlene, Angie, Megan, Jonas & Maelyn & families – My sympathy to you all! Ray was a great man and always had a smile on his face!

  17. Our thoughts and prayers to Ray’s family; Ray delivered a ton of freight to our store over the years with professional care and always with a smile.
    Dan & Jean Scott

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