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Raymond  Wojtowicz

Raymond Wojtowicz

January 21, 2021

Raymond Wojtowicz, 94, of the Rusk County Township of Rusk, WI, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley in Bloomer with his family near him.

He was born May 29, 1926, in Chicago, IL, the son of John and Valeria (Krata) Wojtowicz.  He graduated from Crane Tech High School in Chicago in 1944.  Raymond entered the U.S. Army, serving in the 112th Calvary Regimented Combat Team in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, Philippines.  He received two Bronze Stars for his valor of service.

Raymond married Doris M. Motykowski on September 17, 1949.  He worked his entire career as a safety engineer for USF & G in Chicago until his retirement.  After retirement, the couple moved to New Auburn and enjoyed their lives together immensely with family & friends on the Clear Lake Island Chain.  

Raymond was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer, WI, and St. Collette Catholic Church in Rolling Meadows, IL.  His favorite pass times included fishing, gambling, snowmobiling, and boating.  Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

Raymond is survived by three children, Gary (Anita) of Venice, FL, Roger (Nancy) of Twin Lakes, WI, and Dorice Cichon of Streamwood, IL; seven grandchildren, Shawn, Daniel, Phillip, Thomas, Matthew, Priscilla, and Joseph; eight great-grandchildren, Angela, Victoria, Zachery, Lucas, Dean, Roland, Marcella, and Reid; a sister, Jennie D. Wojtowicz of Algonquin, IL; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; son, Todd Wojtowicz; and his sister, Valerie Wojtowicz.

Private funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2020, at Riverwoods Funeral Home in Des Plaines, IL.  Entombment, with Military Honors, will be follow at All Saints Mausoleum in Des Plains, IL.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to be directed to a charity that Raymond preferred, like the wounded warrior project:


Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.


Private funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2020, at Riverwoods Funeral Home in Des Plaines, IL. Entombment, with Military Honors, will be follow at All Saints Mausoleum in Des Plains, IL.

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Instead of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the family and will be directed to a charity that Raymond preferred.


  • Amy Taylor Thinking of you all especially today. I have many joyful memories of your parents. Take Care of Each Other.


    January 27 at 3:56pm

  • Jessica Abrams Gary, Priscilla, very sorry to hear about your loss. Your Dad-Grandpa was a very admirable person. Very few WWII heroes are still with us. Stay safe and healthy!!

    January 27 at 1:26pm

  • Mary Beth Dermody Gary and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May your father rest in peace. You're all in my prayers.

    January 27 at 12:41pm

  • Paul Zint Gary,

    I'm so sorry to hear this news. You're in my thoughts during this time.

    Stay well my friend!!

    January 27 at 12:34PM

  • Julia Winter Gary & Priscilla & Family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences at the lost of your father and grandfather. Reading his obituary, he sounds like a great guy, who really had a zest for life. I hope your memories of him over the coming days and weeks bring you comfort.

    Best wishes,

    January 27 at 12:31PM

  • David Stone Gary, Priscilla, and family,
    Please accept my condolences. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Dave Stone

    January 27 at 12:30PM

  • Ed & Debbie Haskell Spruce, you & your family are in our prayers. Our deepest condolences to you.

    January 26 at 9:55PM

  • Sharon Moody Uncle Ray, You will be missed but not forgotten. Wishing all who loved you peace and comfort during these difficult and trying times.

    Love Sharon and Karen and family

    January 25 at 9:13AM

  • Anna Ramirez Deepest Sympathy to the extended Wojtowicz family. I worked at USF&G at 170 W. Jackson and in the suburbs for 31 years, long after the USF& G name disappeared in the mergers. Ray was part of the original crew and taught us all the ropes. His mentorship was always appreciated. Rest In Peace fellow insurance professional. Thank you for your service in our military too. A long life well lived.

    January 24 at 10:38AM

  • Jerry Schwind I knew Ray for 40 years and although I never saw him much after I moved out of state, when Roger and I talked our conversation always lead back to the house in Rolling Meadows and his mom and dad cooking. I was always the taste tester for them and loved every minute of it. Both our dads we in WW II so we were Patriots to this day and will honor their service by remaining so. Ray will always have a special place in my heart. He was not just a great man....he was my friend.

    January 23 at 12:07PM

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