Raymond Lee Katt

March 16, 1933 - April 3, 2017
Racine, WI



Friday, April 7, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888

AND Saturday at the church from 9:30 A.M. until time of service at 10:30 A.M.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 AM CDT
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
322 Ohio Street
Racine, WI 53405

Life Story / Obituary


March 16, 1933 – April 3, 2017

Raymond Lee Katt, of Racine, was a celebrated family man, businessman, and friend.

Ray was born in Menfro, Missouri on March 16, 1933. He and his wife Louise married in Shawneetown, Missouri on September 18, 1954. They raised their family in Belleville, Illinois, until moving to Racine, Wisconsin in 1982.

On Ray’s 21st birthday, he was employed as an office boy at Benjamin Air Rifle Company in St. Louis, MO. After working for Benjamin for 30 years, he then purchased Benjamin in 1981. In 1982, Ray moved the company, along with his family, to Racine, Wisconsin, consolidating with Sheridan Products.

A spirited story-teller and always willing to lend a helping hand, Ray was an inspiration to his offspring, possessing a jovial and personable disposition. He was loved dearly and will be remembered as a sincere dedicated family man. He is survived by his wife Louise; three children, David, Linda (Kevin) Nelson, and Lisa (Bob) Covelli, all of Racine; his adored grandchildren, Brandon, Logan, Sarah (Ryan), Samantha (Alec), Nicole and Erika; also his precious great-grandchildren, Raelyn and Peyton; brother, Beaufort (Norma Lee) Katt; one sister, Euline (Ed) Elzemeyer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Esther; brothers, Melvin, Oliver and Victor; sisters, Olida and Viola.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:30 A.M. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio Street, with Deacon Janice Navarro officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 A.M. until time of service at 10:30 A.M.