Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon with the Rev. David M. Phillips officiating. Burial will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Lebanon.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials, in George’s name, may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon, the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin or to the American Cancer Society.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
George August Raether was born in Neosho, on May 30, 1937, the son of Edward and Verena (Braunschweig) Raether. He was a 1955 graduate of the Watertown High School. George served his country in the United States Army. He married the former Marlene Hynek on February 7, 1959 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.
He was a Commercial and Industrial Contract Painter, owning and operating Ebert’s Painting in Watertown for many years.
George was a life-long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon and had served the church on many boards and committees. He was a former member of the Watertown Country Club and was past president of the Watertown Jaycees. George was also past president of the Watertown Lions Club, receiving numerous awards, assisting in transporting for the Lions Eye Bank and chairman of the Annual Bowling Down Blindness. George was a loyal fan of the Watertown High School Lady Goslings, especially watching his granddaughter, Carlee, play basketball. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and bowler, and enjoyed playing Santa Claus. He donated time and paint to many individuals and organizations in the area.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Raether of Watertown; his son, Kevin (Cynthia) Raether of Watertown; his daughter, Cindy Lee (John) Schuhmacher of Watertown; four grandchildren, Katie Raether, Kelly Raether, Carlee Schuhmacher and August Schuhmacher; a brother, Edward (Arlene) Raether of Waukesha; two sisters-in-law, Carol Niere and Carole Hynek, both of Oconomowoc, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Melvin Niere and Charles Hynek.