Gordon C. Raquet, 86, formerly of Kiel, died peacefully on Saturday morning, May 16, 2020 at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center, Plymouth.
Gordon was born Sept. 28, 1933 to the late Athniel “Pat” and Elsie (Feile) Raquet at the family farm in the town of Schleswig. He attended Rockville Grade School and graduated with the class of 1951 of Kiel High School. Gordon continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. On Dec. 26, 1953 he married Rosemary Miller at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kiel. Rosemary preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2016.
Together with his father and wife he farmed the family homestead for many years. Later his sons joined him on the farm, as well as his grandson. During college he supported himself by working at August Ehnert & Sons. Gordon was also a very devoted bus driver for Daun Services for more than 30 years, retiring in 2017. He was seen many winters plowing snow for the Town of Schleswig.
Gordon was very involved in the community. He was a member of the Kiel Municipal Band, Kelly Kramer Scholarship Committee, and a 4-H leader, as he supported his mother with one of the very first 4-H groups in the area. For many years he was active on the Manitowoc County Leaders Association, Camp Tapawingo Board Member, Kiel and Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association, as well as building model John Deere tractors for FFA alumni. Gordon enjoyed his time with the Kiel Recreation baseball and softball leagues and for the Kiel A’s.
He is survived by two children, Dave (Ann) Raquet of Fort Myers, Florida, and Mary Liermann of Valders and her sons Brad and Peter Liermann; daughters-in-law Lynnette Raquet of Kiel and her children Adam (Kayla) and their son Knox Michael; Kelly Raquet; and Julie Raquet of New Holstein and her daughters Jamie and Cassie Raquet. He is further survived by many friends.
Gordon was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary, three sons, John, Paul, and Mike; son-in-law Jim Liermann; a sister, Glorian (Ray) Lechler;  and brother-in-law Charles (Sonny) Jr. Miller.
A graveside service for Gordon was held Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Schleswig Cemetery, Rockville. All recommendations for distancing will be followed at the cemetery.
The family would like to thank Rocky Knoll Health Care Center, Harvest Home as well as Compassus Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Gordon and his family.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home of Kiel is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.meiselwitzfh.com.