E. Raymond Rebholz


MENDOTA - E. Raymond Rebholz, 77, of Mendota passed away June 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones.

Private family services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23 at First Presbyterian Church, Mendota with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on June 23 at the church. Face masks are required and social distancing is appreciated. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Ray was born June 8, 1943 in Peoria to Earl and Lois (Smith) Rebholz. He married Sandra Worsley on June 14, 1964. They were blessed to have 56 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; three sons, Timothy (Mary Jacobs) of Crestview, Fla., Scott (Missy Ptak) of Dodgeville, Wis. and Daniel (Angela Hanisch) of Stevens Point, Wis.; six grandchildren, Amanda (Kale) Davis, Justin (Maddisen) Rebholz, Olivia Rebholz, Tyler Rebholz, Josie Rebholz and Crew Rebholz; two great-grandchildren, Kamden Davis and Brinley Davis; two brothers, Donald (Deb) Rebholz and Ronald Rebholz; one sister, Donna Tank; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Joann Rebholz.

Ray’s family moved to Mendota in 1955. He attended Mendota schools and graduated from Mendota High School in 1961. His working years were spent at HCC, Inc., Holland and Sons and Meriden Street Trailer Sales until 2007 when he retired. He then worked several years at Mauch Carpentry. Ray was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he was an ordained elder and deacon. He enjoyed many years of singing with the Covered Bridge Barbershop Chorus. He loved spending time with his family, camping, hiking and working on his 1970 Chevrolet truck and taking it to car shows. He was always happy to be able to help out anyone who needed it. Ray was always busy – either working on his old truck or fixing things. His sons always turned to their dad when they needed advice about how to repair a car or truck or anything else around the house.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church.

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