|4/8/2019 8:01:00 AM|
Raimer, Donald J.
Donald J. Raimer, age 87 passed away on Sunday April 7, 2019 at his home in Montfort, Wisconsin. Don was cared for by his family and Upland Hills Health Hospice since coming home from his last hospital visit on March 8th, 2019.
Don was born on August 26, 1931 to Kenneth and Loretta (Undesser) Raimer at St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Dodgeville. He attended Sunnyside grade school and then graduated from Cobb High School in 1947 at the age of 16.
Don was always a hard worker and started at an early age working in the Sunnyside Cheese Factory Coop managed by his grandfather and later when his grandfather and father owned it themselves, and the family farm on Highway 18 across from Sunnyside School. He was hauling milk from the farm to the factory at the age of 12 and was one of the youngest to ever hold a Wisconsin Driver's License.
He was united in marriage to the love of his life Cecelia M. Rose on September 4, 1952 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Montfort, Wisconsin. Soon after duty called and he joined the United States Army. After basic training he was sent to intelligence training and then deployed to the Korean conflict where he served until 1954. He was able to make it home in July 1953 to see his newborn son, Kenneth L. Raimer but soon returned to Korea to complete his tour of duty. In 1954 he returned for good and Don and Cec opened a cheese, gift and liquor store in the old cheese factory which closed when Don went to the Army.
Don and Cec together ran this store for the next 38 years while their family grew, eventually having a total of 9 children, 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Don also operated a Borden's distributorship where he and his sons delivered milk and other Borden products door to door to households, local businesses and schools in the area. He operated this business until the mid- eighties when door to door delivery went by the wayside. Don was always a self-driven individual and did whatever it took to pay the bills and keep food on the table for his family. In addition to running the store and Borden's Dairy, he drove school bus for many years as well. He also delivered the Telegraph Herald for a time and delivered Stopenbach meats. In 1979 Don got a job with the United States Postal service and was a rural carrier in the Montfort area for 19 years until 1997. This was the first occupation he had where he received any paid vacation and thoroughly enjoyed his time serving his neighbors as their carrier.
Don served on the St. Thomas Parish council, the Town of Eden council and was a lifelong member of the Montfort VFW Post 9298 where he made many life-long friends and was commander of the post on several different occasions. He always looked forward to the VFW Chicken BBQ (Big Days) which was always a homecoming of sorts and enjoyed seeing all the people who grew up in Montfort.
Don never really developed any hobbies because of his work schedule, but enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the annual family vacations on the houseboats and later in northern Wisconsin and watching the Packers on Sunday with his family. His joy was being with his wife and they did everything together for 66 years.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia of Montfort, Rick Raimer of Dodgeville (Trevor, Brianne & Kyle), Jeff (Sheila) Raimer (Nicole, Blake and Chase) of Costa Rica, Steve (Shelly) Raimer (Michael & Jacob) of Hayward, WI, Dan (Lesa) Raimer (Amber & Lacy) of Fitchburg, WI, Pat (Pam) Raimer (Zachary, Chantel & Erik) of Montfort, WI and Ann (Ken) Hetherington (Alannah, Sydney, Ken & Meagan) of Elgin, IL. Don was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons - Alan Raimer and Kenneth Raimer; daughter Mary Roberts; and grandchildren Matthew and Latica Raimer.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Montfort with burial to follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday April 9, 2019 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home and from 9:30 A.M. until time of service at the St Thomas Catholic Church on Wednesday morning. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Donald J. Raimer. Online condolences may be made at www.larsonfuneralhomes.com