The Obit For Hank Raymonds

Henry C. "Hank" Raymonds

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from December 8 to December 9, 2010

Hank Raymonds, beloved husband and father and Marquette University legend, passed into eternal life December 6, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Hank is survived by his wife of 60 years Jinny, the former Mary Virginia Haar. Loving father of Steve (Beth Harwood), Marianne (Brian), Daniel (Claudette), Linda (Tracy), and Carol (Steve). Treasured grandpa of Adam (Sonia), Laura, Jim, Mike, Sharon (Craig), Scott, Andrew, Henry, Peter, Ray, Sam, Ben, Sarah, Joe, Rachel, Nate, Hailey, Carter, and Bella.

Hank was born in St. Louis, MO, on March 5, 1924 and attended St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University, where he graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in education after a two year stint in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Hank's coaching history spans 33 years and includes St. Louis University High School, St. Louis University, Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN and finally Marquette University. Prior to starting his coaching career, Hank spent the summer of 1949 playing for the Boston Braves minor league team in Evansville, IN.

In over 25 years at Marquette, Hank served as the program's 10th head men's basketball coach, athletic director and assistant coach under Al McGuire and Eddie Hickey. After Marquette captured the national title, Hank succeeded McGuire as Marquette's head coach, a position he would hold until 1983.

After his coaching days, Hank served as the school's athletic director from 1977-87 and was responsible for elevating MU's women's athletic teams to Division I status in 1985. Hank also laid the groundwork for establishing the Blue and Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund at Marquette. As a result of his service, Hank was inducted into Marquette's M Club Hall of Fame in 1996 and is also a member of the Wisconsin Athletic, Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, St. Louis University, St. Louis City, and Christian Brothers University Sports Halls of Fame.

Visitation will be on Sunday December 12, 2010 at the Funeral Home from 4 - 8 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday December 13, 2010 at Gesu Church, 1145 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI at 11:30 am with brief visitation starting at 10 am. Parking available in Parking Structure 2 between 12th and 13th Streets. Private burial.

Hank and his family are thankful for the loving care given to him by all who came to know him including the staff at The Lutheran Home and Health Reach Rehabilitation Services, There's No Place Like Home Senior Care, Odyssey Hospice, and Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice.

Special thanks to the team of doctors and nurses at Froedtert Hospital for your patience and guidance.

Memorials to St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Wauwatosa or to the Hank Raymonds Endowed Scholarship Fund for Non-revenue Sports are appreciated.