Raymond R. Umland
February 15, 1939 - December 11, 2016
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Thursday 12/15, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Thursday 12/15, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Raymond Robert Umland, age 77, of Appleton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at home with family by his side due to a long fight with COPD. Ray was born on 02-15-1939 at Watseka, Illinois, to the late Raymond and Lilly (Gollnow) Umland. Ray's father was a cheese maker in Cissna Park, Illinois.…

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Greg Duerr left a message on May 21, 2019:
Ray and I started working together mid 1980’s at Russ Darrow Chrysler Plymouth. He was 46 and I was 24. I used to tease him about being an “OLD MAN”. In fact teasing Ray about being old became a cherished hobby that I became quite good at over the years. But the old man and the young buck seemed to make an unique friendship. We kind of became a team. When I left the car business to get into the paper business at American Fine Paper, it seemed natural that Ray would quickly follow, and he did. Then it was Ray’s idea for us to leave American Fine Paper together to go to U.S. Paper Converters. It was during the USPC days that teasing Ray about being old went to the next level, since I gained a new ALLY in Scott Stadler who was the exact same age as me. In spite of our childish antics, Ray pushed on and was a steady, positive and insightful influence on us all. Without Ray’s help, input and encouragement, MillTown Paper may have never been started, and it certainly wouldn’t be what it is today without him.

Like many of you who knew him, I’m sure I will think about him often. But whether you knew him or not, we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his significant impact on this company especially in its early years!!

Go with God ”old man”… and rest well my dear old friend.


Randy Welniak left a message on December 22, 2016:
"I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it’s great to be male!" This is a Calvin & Hobbes comic I had framed for Ray that he put above his workbench at the cottage in Mountain. We both bought our places at the same time and were the new kids on the block together. As I was raised to help everybody else with their projects before my own, I was more than happy to help Ray build the tower, the garage and any other little thing he had a mind to do. It was hectic when the whole clan was up there but that also meant an invite for dinner and a campfire. Ray would always take the opposite side of an argument, just for argument's sake. I can hear Margaret sighing, "Oh Raymond!". Ray was a dear friend and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Jerry & Danette Ahlers left a message on December 22, 2016:
So sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Jerry thought of him often for the times he worked for Ray and all the things Ray did for us back when money was tight. It sure was fun times when we got together on Wednesdays and played pool at Canadian Inn with Ray and Margaret. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John & JoAnn Shreve left a message on December 14, 2016:
Margaret: Please accept JoAnn's and my deepest sympathies for the passing of Ray. Both of us really enjoyed visiting with you both at the Milltown Christmas parties. I'll never forget the first time I met Ray, in the old Milltown offices, when he and Scott were trying to see who could fly the most paper airplanes into a waste basket. At one of the parties we both found out that our fathers grew up in Shawano at the same time, and each of them had accidentally bumped into John Dillinger when John had visited the area at one point. I will miss not seeing him at the parties. May God please give you strength at this time of need, and bless you in the days ahead. Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.
Carol (Miller) Clark left a message on December 14, 2016:
Elizabeth, Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I was in his class at High School at Cissna Park.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Pastor Dennis N. Nelson left a message on December 14, 2016:
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I remember the days farming in Tigerton. Those were hard years with high interest rates working against farmers. But your enduring faith saw you through. We will remember Ray and your family in our prayers Sunday at Zion, Tigerton, where I am serving now. Love you all.
Elizabeth Couillard, daughter left a message on December 13, 2016:
Ray loved us all so very much, every moment. He could be exasperating, as could we--but we never doubted that he loved our mother, and all of us, with every fibre of his being. We have SO many family stories that make us smile, laugh, hoot, holler and even cry, but the underlying theme has always been love...Ray and Margaret's huge love for each other held us together and created something so special. As mom said yesterday, we are all lonesome for him. Our lives, and the lives of so many others, have been richly blessed in knowing him. He had the heart of a teacher, a farmer, a lover, with a good chunk of cowboy and maybe a dash of pirate (aargh!) thrown in. Who wouldn't be a bit lonesome for such a character, for such a man? Fair winds, and following seas, Sir.
Nancy Hitchings Danou left a message on December 13, 2016:
Old friend, in fact, my oldest friend, I will so miss you. Oh, the memories--sandbox days, being mistaken for twins, playing in the park, throwing mud balls at the high schoolers passing by, walking home from elementary school together, supporting each other during high school, being each other's "dates" during college when it was just more convenient than finding someone else, I'm sorry you won't be there in person for our Class of 1957 August reunion, but you'll be there in our hearts and in my heart forever.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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