Mr. Raymond Louis Quellhorst, 94, of Boscobel, Wis., formerly of Lebanon, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, died peacefully on Jan. 4, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore, Wis.
Ray was the oldest son born to Raymond Joseph Quellhorst and Nellie Marie (Tragesser) Quellhorst in Tipton, on March 28, 1922. In 1935 Ray and his family relocated their farm to Lebanon. After graduating from Pinnell High School, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Ray married Kathryn Louise Jones on Dec. 31, 1947, a union that lasted over 50 years, until her death on June 21, 1998. Together they had 12 children, six boys and six girls, inspiring each of them to be the best they could be with hard work and perseverance.
Ray and his brother James worked the family farm in Lebanon until 1960, when Ray and Katie moved their growing family to a farm they had purchased just east of Boscobel. In addition to farming, Ray was a chef at the Cottonwood Supper Club while working at Milk Specialties. He eventually worked his way up to plant manager, sold the farm, and moved into town.
After several years as plant manager at Milk Specialties, he moved to Marshfield, Wis., to manage Lynn Dairy.
In 1976 they moved to Pollock, S.D., where Ray was the general manager of Twin Dakota Dairies until his retirement. Upon retirement, Ray built a very popular supper club known for its fabulous food and famous "Canoe Salad Bar." This was in addition to operating their Variety Store.
After Ray and Katie sold those businesses, he spent countless hours in his workshop making everything from furniture to bird houses. He was a skilled carpenter who gave his family many handmade gifts that will be cherished by generations to come. Ray also grew massive productive vegetable gardens that he happily shared with friends and neighbors.
After his wife Katie passed away, Ray moved back to Lebanon to be near his brother and sisters. He later married Mary (Green) Brunes, who died in 2012.
In 94 years of life, Ray marveled at the vast changes he witnessed in the world. As a child he traveled to school by horse and buggy. When asked what he attributed his longevity to, he simply said, "Love."
Ray is survived by five daughters, Deborah (Bob) Gorsuch of Boscobel, Belinda (Jerry) Granger of Richland Center, Wis., Julia (Sam) Nelson of Prairie Du Chien, Wis., Sheila (Charles) Mickelson of Spring Green, Wis., and, Michelle "Mitzi" (Spencer) Ryckman of Independence, Iowa; four sons, Thom (Mitzi) Quellhorst of Liberty, Texas, Chris (Linda) Quellhorst of Tripoli, Wis., John (Sharon) Quellhorst of Ferryville, Wis., and Ben Quellhorst of Gooding, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Rose Quellhorst of Bismarck, N.D., and son-in-law, Blaine Lutz of Arizona; 30 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Madonna (Benny) Campbell and Jeanette (Gerald) Padgett; and sister-in-law, Barb Quellhorst, all of Lebanon; and three stepchildren, Alvin (Kaye) Brunes, Linda Turley and Sharon (Fay) Isenhower.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Kathryn Louise (Jones) Quellhorst; his second wife, Mary Brunes (Green) Quellhorst; infant son, Daniel Joseph; son, Michael Raymond Quellhorst; daughter, Mary Ann Lutz; infant granddaughter, Angela Quellhorst; infant great-grandsons, Tanner Quellhorst and Malachi Wetter; brother, James Quellhorst; and sisters, Bernice (Bill) Cleary, Martha (Paul) Thrine, Delores (Bob) Thoma and Mary Helen (Bill) Wiley.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 319 E. South St., Lebanon. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment with military rites will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lebanon.
Myers Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on January 9, 2017