Ray J. Blaskey, 78, Antigo, a Stevens Point native, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at the Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center in Antigo.
Services were Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Antigo. Antigo veterans will conduct military rites at the church following the services. Burial was in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo.
Visitation was Monday and Tuesday at the Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo with a parish wake service and Antigo Veterans Honor Guard ceremony Monday.
A memorial has been established.
Mr. Blaskey was born Oct. 8, 1922, a son of the late Joseph and Constance (Kluck) Blaskey. He graduated from Stevens Point High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Central State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. As a bombardier he flew 17 B29 missions over Japan.
He was married to Helen Ripple on Dec. 27, 1947, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
He began his math teaching career in Crandon in 1950. From 1952 until his retirement in 1981, he taught math at Antigo High School and was head of the math department.
He sold real estate and also was an insurance agent, representing National Guardian Life, Time, Home Mutual, Dairyland and Hartford insurance companies.
He was a past president of the Antigo Education Association, served on the board of directors of the Central Wisconsin Teachers Association from 1975-1980 and was a past board chairman and past member of the Antigo Unified School District Board.
He coached baseball at Antigo High School from 1955 to 1961, when they were Wisconsin Valley Conference champions.
He was a member and past commander of the Leland Tollefson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2653 and the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post 3, both of Antigo.
He also served on the Langlade County Zoning Board of Appeals for 19 years and was chairman for 16 years.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Antigo and the Antigo-Bass Lake Country Club.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mary (Ron) Wells, Ozark, Mo.; two sons, Thomas (Jacqueline), Middleton, and Mark (Emily), Eau Claire; six sisters, Christine (Norman) Zunker, Manitowoc, Regina Ligman, Dixon, Ill., Beatrice Danielski and Theresa (Bill) Steward, both of Stevens Point, Germaine Blaskey, Whitewater, and Joan (John) Raikowski, Rudolph; two brothers, Val (Jeanette) and Gregory (Paulette), both of Custer; and two grandchildren.