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Robert J. Raynier

Robert J. Raynier, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday (July 15, 2014) at his home.

He was born December 1, 1928 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Walter and Myrtl (Spiegel) Raynier. Bob attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and received his training in electronics at NWTC. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Bob had worked for Christy Corp. as a lead man for 15 years before moving to Palmer Johnson Yacht Builders as a foreman. He retired from P.J’s as Superintendent in 1978. Bob was also self-employed and owned and operated R&R Construction. Bob married Dorothy Hartl in 1946. She preceded him in death on February 7, 1990.

The most powerful influence in Bob’s life was his love of music and his musical talent passed down from his parents. Bob played with various bands throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, including the Billy Jorgenson Band. He was an accomplished musician who also was recorded. His other interests included inventing, carpentry, family, working in his ceramic shop business, and making clocks.

Survivors include his son, Roy (Elaine) Raynier; daughters, Sharon (Roy) Ash, Patricia Raynier, Lou Ann (Steve) Strege, and Marlene (Tim) Gauthier; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; dear friend of 24 years, Alice O’Dean and her family.

Preceding him in death was his parents, Walter and Myrtl Raynier; wife, Dorothy; son, Robert Jr.; brothers, Warden, Roderick; sisters, Evelyn Graf, and Barbara Heilman.

At Bob’s request there will be no services. Sign online guestbook and offer condolences at


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