Ray J. Ries
Ries, 91, of Fond du Lac, died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. Agnes
Hospital. He was born Raymond John Ries
on June 3, 1927 in the Town of Byron, son of George and Hilaria Bonlander Ries. Ray graduated from L.P. Goodrich High School
in 1948 and earned his teaching degree from Sheboygan County Teachers’ School
in 1952. He later attended U.W. Oshkosh
to earn his Bachelor of Education Degree in 1962. He married Virginia A. Juckem on August 11,
1956 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fond du Lac and she preceded him in
death on July 8, 2015.
Ray created the Points Reduction Class that is taught at Moraine Park Technical
College. Ray was a principal in the
Filmore School District from 1955 – 1959 and taught at Fairwater School
District from 1959 – 1960. He joined the
Fond du Lac School District in 1961 teaching 7th and 8th
Grade and Special Education at Lincoln School and he taught Driver’s Education
at L.P Goodrich High School until his retirement in 1987. Ray started Ries Driving School in May of
1969 and owned and operated the business until 1989. He was a member of the UW Oshkosh Alumni
Association and a former member of the Elks Club. Ray enjoyed bowling, playing cards, coin
collecting, 50’s music, casinos, old cars, traveling, camping, raising his
children on Wolf Lake, and most of all loved learning and teaching.
survived by his children, Nancy
(David Maret) Singer-Maret, Jean (John) Potter, Carol (Adam Holzman)
Ries-Holzman, and Joseph (Michelle) Ries all of Fond du Lac; six grandchildren,
Dr. Melissa (Kelly Egan) Singer-Pressman, Michael Singer, Whitney Holzman,
Evan, Hunter, and Grant Ries; five great grandchildren, Madeline and Meredith
Pressman, Hunter Wilson, Amelia and Cecily Egan; his brother, Eugene Ries of
Fond du Lac; his sister, Alice Kovnesky of Chilton; sister-in-law, Mary Ries of
Peshtigo; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ginny; his brother,
Harold Ries; sister-in-law, Priscilla Ries; brother-in-law, Gerald Kovnesky;
and other relatives.
visitation will be held from 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at
Holy Family Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
11:00 AM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Holy Family Church. Entombment will follow in Chapel of the Risen
Christ Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery.
Guestbook and tribute wall may
be found by visiting ueckerwitt.com.