Raymond E. Zastrow, age 82 of Rhinelander, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Marathon County to Haron and Zena (Treu) Zastrow.
Ray joined the Army in 1952 and honorably served until ending his military career with the Wisconsin National Guard in 1984, having earned the rank of captain. He was a charter member of AMVETS Post 724 and held memberships in the local V.F.W., American Legion and 32nd Division. He was a member of both the Oneida County Veterans Service Commission and Oneida County Veterans Service Council. Ray was a volunteer driver for the transport van enabling veterans to make medical appointments, honored his deceased comrades as a member of the Honor Guard / firing squad for funerals and was instrumental in establishing the Rhinelander area military support group which has shipped over 5,000 boxes of comfort and personal essential items to active military members stationed overseas.
Ray is survived by his wife, Cheryl Zastrow of Rhinelander; his four children, Steve (Kathy) Zastrow, Jeanne (Jeff) Tromp, Dan (Angie) Zastrow, and Ben (Patty) Zastrow,all of Rhinelander; stepchildren, Carla (Frank) Specht and Kelly (Ed) Parise, both of Rhinelander; stepdaughter-in-law, Sandy (Bert) Saal of Rhinelander; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nada Malkin of Sharpsville, Penn., and Mardelle Crapeau of Green Bay; three brothers, Leander “Andy” (Dixie) Zastrow of Tomahawk, Jerome “Jack” (Kay) Zastrow of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Larry (Jean) Zastrow of Jonesborough, Tenn.; many in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; a stepson, David Tromp; and two brothers, Ed and Michael.
The funeral service for Ray will take place at noon Saturday, Sept. 9, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Krahn officiating. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Carlson Funeral Home, and 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Northland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family will directed to Builders for Christ per Ray’s wishes. (Carlson Funeral Home)