Raymond Eugene “Ray” Kadrmas


MIDDLETON, Wis. - Raymond Eugene “Ray” Kadrmas, age 85, passed away on July 23, 2020, at the VA Hospital. He was born on Feb. 1, 1935, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of Anton and Emma (Pirkl) Kadrmas. Ray graduated from Dickinson High School, then worked throughout the country in the oil industry for two years. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Ray graduated with an engineering degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering after his service to our nation. His education allowed him to have a distinguished 34-year career with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He married LaVonne Frisch in 1979 and Ray and LaVonne enjoyed traveling throughout the world in retirement. Ray also cherished time spent with family and friends. He was a member of Madison Elks Club, a lector and former choir member at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Middleton. His military service was celebrated during a Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2016.

Ray is survived by his wife, LaVonne; daughter, Kelly (Mike) Schmidt; four sons, Glenn (Sue) Kadrmas, Neil (Rose) Kadrmas, Paul (Danna) McClelland, and John (Annette) McClelland; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Vivian Anvik.

The family would like to thank the remarkable caregivers of Brookdale Middleton Stonefield who provided Ray with compassionate and dignified care during his last year of life. We are also grateful for the exceptional staff of the VA Hospital in Madison who were attentive to Ray’s comfort.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., Middleton, at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, with Father Brian Wilk presiding. Burial followed with military honors at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

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