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Raymond P. Zelinski

MERCER, Wis. — Raymond P. Zelinski, 93, of Mercer, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Ray was born on Aug. 31, 1927, in Rothschild, to Peter and Stella (Pollock) Zelinski, the seventh child in a family of 14 children.

During World War II, Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Okinawa as an airplane mechanic.

In 1982, he was married to Maxine Peter. Together they enjoyed 35 years of joyous travel across the USA. They never by-passed a polka festival or a casino. His favorite song was “Let’s Have a Party”.

Ray is survived by his son, Skeeter Zelinski; his daughter, Peach Matelski; a stepdaughter, Laurel Garbe; and some of his brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine; a son; a daughter; and many of his siblings.

There will be no service as per Ray’s wishes and he and Maxine will rest together in Mercer Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home and Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport St., Rhinelander, WI 54501. You are invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at