Ray was born on December 21, 1929 to the late Carl and Mary (Helein) Weiland in the Town of Ellington. He was united in marriage to Ardella Kohl on August 10, 1957 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Readfield. Ray was a volunteer firefighter for many years, serving as chief for a number of those years. He was a member of the Commercial Club, the Polar Bear Riders Snowmobile Club and also was a charter member of the Grandview Golf Course. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford Motor Garage in Hortonville and retired in 1995. After retiring, he worked part-time for Korth Trucking. Ray enjoyed helping in many ways at the Kohl Farm in Readfield, especially driving tractor. Ray will always be remembered as the man who could fix anything! He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Readfield, where he held several positions.
Ray is survived by his wife, Ardella; sons, Terry (Betty) Weiland and Donald (Patricia) Weiland; grandchildren, Cory (Heidi) Weiland, Shawn (Lauren) Weiland, Melissa Weiland and Trisha (Kyle) Everson; great-grandchildren, Cody, Chase, Lorelei, Marly Weiland, Soren Everson and new “grandson Everson” coming in March; sisters, Mary Ellen Tyler and Eleanora Ferge and brother-in-law, Clifford (Ardes) Kohl. Ray is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Luther and Esther Kohl; brothers, Clarence (Verna) and Donald (Marlene) Weiland; sister, Marg (Larry) Lund; brothers-in-law, Larry Ferge and Ronald Tyler and Rosemary Hunt-Weiland.
The funeral service for Ray will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Readfield. Rev. Peter Kesting will be officiating. Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Borchardt Moder Funeral Home in Hortonville and again from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Readfield. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established. The Borchardt Moder Funeral Home in Hortonville is serving the family. www.borchardtmoderfuneralhomes.com
The family wishes to thank the Hortonville Police Department, the EMTs and the Gold Cross Ambulance for their quick response and efforts.