Ray Vincent Wachowski, 76, of Weyerhaeuser, Wis., died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at his home under the care of Lakeview Medical Center Hospice from congestive heart failure. He had been ill since Jan. 2, 2019. Ray was born on March 3, 1943, in Gary, Ind., to John and Mary (Pocialik) Wachowski. They preceded him in death.
Ray married Judy Carol Wachowski on July 29, 1984, in Chesterton, Ind. Ray retired from LTV Steel in East Chicago, Ind., where he worked as a steel worker for 35 years. They moved to Rusk County on Sept. 23, 1993. He did maintenance work for Canoe Bay Resort until he retired due to his health. He was a member of the Rusk County Snowmobile Club. He loved fishing and collecting antique cars, and he especially loved his babies. He was Catholic.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; one son, Steven Ray (Noriko) Wachowski, of Cedar Lake, Ind.; two daughters, Tammy Helene O’Connor, of Crown Point, Ind., and Raymanda Brooke Wachowski, of Menomonie, Wis.; five grandchildren, Ichiro Wachowski, Michael and Zachary O’Connor, Meghan Williams and Xavier Finazzo; two great-granddaughters, Teagan and Addison O’Connor; and three brothers, John (Marlene) Wachowski, of Merrillville, Ind., Ronald (Joannie) Wachowski, of Indiana, and Donald Wachowski, of Griffith, Ind.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Weyerhaeuser, with Fr. Papi officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Nash-Jackan Funeral Home of Bruce assisted the family.