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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
Richard Raatz

Richard Raatz

Tuesday, February 18th, 1936 - Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
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Richard H. Raatz, age 85 passed away on May 19, 2021. Dick was born and raised in Sheboygan, WI. He attended grade school and high school in Sheboygan graduating in June of 1954. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent his boot camp and service time along the Atlantic Ocean. Dick was very proud of his time with the Coast Guard reaching the rank of Boatswain Mate Third Class. While serving at a Lifeboat and Rescue Station at Montauk Point, Long Island New York. On September 11, 2017 as a veteran of the Korean conflict he was honored to be included on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to view the memorials in Washington DC.
Upon completion of his military service in 1958, Dick returned to Sheboygan where he found the “girl across the street” waiting for him. Dick and Marnel (Marnie) Van De Kreeke were married in the fall of 1958. Together they raised four wonderful children and enjoyed 62 years together.
Dick began his career in sales and marketing in the men’s shoe industry calling on retail stores and large buying groups all across the country for 17 years. When production moved off shore and business dropped off it was time to begin another career. Returning to Central Wisconsin in 1989, he found the most fun job he ever had with WIZD, Oldies 100 radio. This was the opportunity to fully explore his wacky sense of humor, sales ability and personality. It was here that Dick became known to many as “Doctor Dick” and the fun never stopped.
After retirement Dick continued his love of art by spending most of his time learning woodcarving and became quite good at it. He took part in several area art shows and sold many of his carvings. He also enjoyed spending time with his wonderful friends at house Packer games, winter dinner parties coffees, and most of all his family. He never enjoyed baseball or basketball. Football was his greatest passion and the Green Bay Packers his favorite team.
Dick is survived by his wife Marnel “Marnie” Raatz, Plover, son; Stephen (Julie) Raatz, Cranberry Township, PA, His Daughters; Heidi Raatz (Thomas Bertilsson), St Paul, MN, Beth (Jon) Novak, Spring Green, WI, Michelle (Joseph) Caulkins, Sarasota, FL, along with 4 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Susan (Schultz) Raatz and his brother, Robert Raatz.
A Celebration of Life service for Dick will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Stevens Point. Friends and family may gather from 10:30-11:45 AM at the church. Burial will be at a later date with full military honors at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, WI.
Memorials in lieu of flowers will be established for the Portage County Humane Society and Cancer Care and Research for the Marshfield Clinic.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:45am
    When
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am
    Location
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    Address
    1919 Wyatt Ave
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    Address
    1919 Wyatt Ave
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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Mo Mullarkey

Posted at 02:47pm
Dick and Marnie were my mom's next door neighbors for over 15 years, and as she aged, they were so kind and attentive to her needs and tolerant of her foibles. I also remember long visits with Dick in his garage as he worked on his carvings and told ""Alice" stories, much to his amusement. He was a gifted woodworker, and I am grateful to have a lovely crane and, most recently, a Nor'eastern fisherman. I remember my mom telling me how much he enjoyed liver and onions when she made it for my dad and shared with him. Dick was great company for my dad before he passed too, and they so enjoyed fires in the back of the apartment when they all could join as well as the birds that he fed. He was a kind man, and he will be missed. My heart goes out to Marnie and his children and grand children.
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Kate Giblin

Posted at 02:01pm
Dick and Marnie were my grandparent's next door neighbors for a very long time. He and Marnie were extensions of our family. They were there when my grandfather died and always watched out for my grandmother, Alice, up until just a few years ago when she had to move into assisted living. She passed a few months ago and I hope they cross paths up there. My favorite memories of Dick were of him in his garage working on wood sculptures. He always had a smile, a joke, and a report on how my the mischief my grandparents were up to. I am so sad today to learn of Dick's passing. My family's prayers will be for Marnie, Dick and your whole family.
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Dan Bernhardt

Posted at 09:54pm
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Family. I knew Dick briefly through his brother, Bob who is my Brother-in-law.
Dick also shared the sense of humor that Bob had, was always kind and fun-loving. When Bob passed I remember Dick being extra supportive of my sister, Joanne. Which said a Great Deal of his laurels.
Dick made the world a much better place.
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Kevin & Susan Weber

Posted at 10:50am
Rest Well Dear Friend. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marnie and the entire family.
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Britt-Marie and Thore. Josephin, Marcus, Lowe and

Posted at 08:22am
Rest in peace Dick. With love.
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