Raymond E. Pendergast, 79, 2905 Post Road, Whiting, a noted railroader in the area, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at home after a lengthy battle against cancer. He was under the care of Hospice of Portage County.
There will be no formal public services in keeping his wishes. A memorial Mass will be celebrated later, with time and place to be announced. Burial of his cremains will be in Superior.
Jensen & Jinsky Funeral Home of Plover is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Pendergast was born Nov. 10, 1920, a son of the late Raymond and Florence (McClellen) Pendergast.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He was married to Marion Zanuzoski in 1949.
He as a 35-year veteran of the Soo Line Railroad, where he was an engineer. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He has written articles for the Portage County Historical Society and recorded a videotape of his World War II experiences.
He was an active contributor to the Taylor County Historical Society and a collector of railroad memorabilia. He was a member of Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders Ltd. and wrote railroad articles for its publication, “The Laker.”
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Charles, Los Angeles, Calif., James and Thomas (Annette), both of Stevens Point, and Michael (Malinda), Kenosha; one daughter, Mary Pendergast, Seal Beach, Calif.; seven brothers, Richard (Mona), “Archie” and Francis (Barbara), all of Stevens Point, William (Stella), Shawano, Patrick, Green Bay, Kenneth (Delores), Mission Hills., Calif., and Robert (Virginia), Marshfield; three sisters, Rita (Raymond) Stepaniak and Elaine Marschke, both of Stevens Point, and Grace Brown, Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.