Raymond N. Heilman, 92, Wyocena

December 28, 2018

Raymond N. Heilman, 92, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Raymond was born June 5, 1926, in Rugby, North Dakota, the son of Walter and Christina (Heisler) Heilman. He served his country in the United States Army, deployed to Korea for two years during the Korean War. He married Rosanna Schmidt on June 9, 1953, in Rugby, North Dakota. They then moved to West Bend in 1964, where they raised their family. They later moved to Cassville in 1979, where they owned and operated the Sand Bar Motel. They retired and moved to Portage in 1993. Ray was a longtime member of the Cassville Lions Club.

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Heilman, Rugby, North Dakota, Gary (Sarah) Heilman, West Bend, Timothy Heilman, Baraboo, James (Lisa) Heilman, Elkhorn, Richard (Judy) Heilman, Fond du Lac, Marla (Steve) Thole, Madison and Nancy Houim, Rugby, North Dakota; nine grandchildren, Leah and Jon Heilman, Jenna Heilman, Katelyn and Ethan Heilman, Heidi and Heather Thole, Josh and Amber Houim; his siblings, Pauline Fettig, West Bend, Caroline Keller, Barbara Burgard and John (Agnes) Heilman, all of North Dakota, Jerome (Judy) Heilman, Menomonee Falls and Mary Ann (John) Paxton, Colorado; other relatives and many friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosanna; his son-in-law, David Houim; his grandchildren, Ashley and Abby Houim; his brother, Daniel; sister-in-law, Isolda Heilman; and his brothers-in-law, George Fettig, Tony Keller and Eusabius Burgard.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Monday, Dec. 31, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portage, with the Rev. Gary Krahenbuhl presiding. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Portage, with military honors by the Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, where the Rosary will be recited at 4:40 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for other considerations.

The family would like to thank the Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena for their exceptional care of Raymond and Rosanna Heilman.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home (www.pmmfh.com) is assisting the family.

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