A Family Funeral Home

Raymond G. Hammermann

May 24, 1955 - October 14, 2021
Racine, WI



Monday, October 25, 2021
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM CDT
St. John's Lutheran Church
1501 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402


Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11:00 AM CDT
St. John's Lutheran Church
1501 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(877) 272-6226
Web Site

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Erie St.
Racine, WI 53402

Life Story / Obituary


Ray returned home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 14, 2021, at the age of 66. Loving and dearly loved husband and cherished best friend of Carla. Greatly beloved brother of Jean (the late William) Yellin. Dearest cousin/brother to Tom (Laura) Devine. Precious brother-in-law of Mary (James) Funke, Jane (Douglas) Manz, Thomas Ziesemer, John Ziesemer and Ann (Jonathan) Hering. Adored uncle of Michael (Amy) Yellin, David (Trisha) Funke, Laura (Trent) Loftin, Kara (Vincent) Polito, Jacquelyn Ziesemer, Ryan Ziesemer, Alexander and Catherine Hering. Greatest great uncle in the world to Georgia and Julian Yellin, Madelyn and Logan Funke, James, Patricia (Pippa) and Raleigh Loftin, Gia, James, Angelo, Maryanne and Victor Polito. Treasured friend of so many. Preceded in death by his parents, Raymond F. and Virginia Hammermann, and in-laws, Rev. Richard and Elizabeth Ziesemer.

Ray was born in the borough of Queens, New York, where he lived until the age of thirteen. He moved to his mother’s hometown of Racine, three years after the death of his beloved father. Ray played and lettered in his favorite sport of football on the varsity team at Horlick High School and at UW-Oshkosh. He was a lifelong University of Notre Dame football fan. Each high school and college summer, he worked for the City of Racine’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department, joining his wonderful Park and Rec family for his long career after college. He married Carla in 1979, and they were blessed with 42 plus wonderful years of marriage.

Ray and Carla are thankful for the excellent Christian guidance provided by their wonderful pastor, Jack Gilbert. They are also grateful for the exceptional care Ray received at the Froedtert Clinical Cancer Center and especially for the expertise of Dr. Dua, Dr. Evans and Dr. Hall. A very special thanks to Dr. Kamgar for her extraordinary knowledge and never-ending perseverance, and to Mary Beth Holden, PA, for her positive and exemplary care and finally to Dr. Kersting for her compassionate reasoning. Thank you 8th floor Froedtert Cancer Hospital nurses and Zilber Hospice. You are the best of the best!

In consideration of Ray’s young and immune compromised friends and relatives, please bring your full vaccination card with a picture ID or wear a mask. Thank you.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home, Monday, October 25, 5:00-7:00 pm and Tuesday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1501 Erie Street, Racine, 53403, 10:00-11:00 am followed by Funeral Service at 11:00 am.