RAYMOND JOSEPH ALSWAGERRaymond J. Alswager, 101, died peacefully in Superior on March 15, 2013.
Raymond J. Alswager, 101, died peacefully in Superior on March 15, 2013.
He was born in Courtenay, N.D., on June 12, 1911 to Frank and Amalia (Pechacek) Alswager.
While growing up, Raymond attended Courtenay Elementary School and Courtenay High School. Following high school, he graduated from Valley City Normal School in 1929, and spent nine years teaching in public schools in North Dakota. Raymond then changed his career direction and furthered his education by attending Northwestern Chiropractic College in Minneapolis.
In 1941, Raymond married Ella Marjorie Bryan, whom he met in North Dakota while teaching school. He began as a chiropractor by working with Dr. Herman Lange in Superior from 1943 through 1944. From 1945 to 1947, Raymond worked independently in Glenwood City and New Richmond. In 1947 he returned with Marjorie and their two small children to Superior and took over the offfice of Dr. Emil Mustonen. Raymond worked enthusiastically at his profession. He was affiliated with local and state chiropractors' associations. Upon his retirement in 1994, the Northwest District of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association honored Raymond for his 50 years as a chiropractor.
When Raymond wasn't busy seeing patients, he enjoyed doing yard work, and spent many years doing vegetable gardening. He always enjoyed spending time with his family. Throughout his years in Superior, Raymond was affiliated with Central Methodist Church, now Faith United Methodist Church. A regular weekly highlight for Raymond was watching Lawrence Welk programs on television.
During Welk's early years with his orchestra in North Dakota, Raymond and his brother Joseph had an opportunity to "sit in" one evening with Welk's orchestra. Raymond and Marjorie also found time occasionally to be eager travelers across the nation.
Preceding Raymond in death, in addition to his parents, were five brothers, Clarence, Lowell, William, Fred and Joseph; a sister, Hazel Schoeler; his son, Milton; and his wife, Marjorie.
Surviving Raymond are his daughter, Edythe (James) Lanswick, granddaughter, Elizabeth (Michael) Mattson, his great-granddaughter, Brooke Mattson, all of Superior; brother, Archie of Marshall, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICES: will be held at a future date at Greenwood Cemetery in Superior. Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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