Dr. Henry Carl “Corky” Rahr departed peacefully to his new Heavenly home on Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 2017, surrounded by family.
He was born in Green Bay on June 9, 1933, to the late Henry and Elizabeth Rahr. On Nov. 12, 1982, he married his wife of 35 years, Mary Dorner Wiggins. Together, they shared a full and loving life.
Corky was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School, where he was Valedictorian in the Class of 1951, and attended St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He enjoyed 44 years of Medical Practice at the Luxemburg Clinic serving the people of this closely-knit community alongside Dr. Henry Majeski. The Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Luxemburg Community Service award for his tireless dedication. He also served on the Medical Staff of St. Vincent Hospital and Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, during these years.
He was an active member of the University of Wisconsin Medical School Alumni Association, serving as President, awarded the status Emeritus President, and awarded the Ralph Hawley Distinguished Service Award.
Corky was an active member of the Brown County Medical Society for more than 50 years, serving as President in 1972. He was proud of the medical care that he and his colleagues provided to the Brown County and Kewaunee County area.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Rahr; daughter, Wendy Wiggins (Dan) Lemkuil and grandchildren, Ali, Jack, and Charlie Lemkuil; daughter, Melissa Wiggins(Tom) Lemkuil and granddaughters, Sydney and Mia Lemkuil, all of Green Bay.
Survivors further include son, Chris (Jeanne) Rahr and their sons, Corey (Hannah) and Zachary Rahr; daughter, Susan Rahr Rans and her sons, John Ginn and Oliver Kushto; sister, Betty Herlache, West Dundee, Illinois; nephew, Andrew Herlache, Oakland, California; niece, Elizabeth (Joseph) Blatz, West Dundee, Illinois, and their children Andrew, Bradley, and Emma Blatz. He is further survived by very special cousin, Patricia Tweet, Green Bay and her children, Judy (Tim) Howald, Green Bay; John Tweet, Naples, Florida; sisters-in-law, Carole (Mike Stoychoff), Lynn (Steve) Cornette, brothers-in-law, Leonard (Patricia) Dorner, Gene (Lisa) Dorner, John P. Johnson; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Rahr; mother-in-law and father in-law, Clarence and Verna Dorner, brothers-in-law, Ward Herlache and Lyle Dorner; sister-in-law, Linda Dorner Johnson; nephew, Daniel Blatz; niece, Jessica Johnson Marchi; and cousin, Andrew Tweet.
Corky loved spending time with faamily and friends. From his tennis group and Oneida Country Club dinner crew, he was surrounded by many friends who shared his love of a good steak, Manhattans with one cherry and conservative view of life. He enjoyed his travels with trips to Florida, Disney World, Cruises, and the Caribbean with Mary and the kids. He was very proud of his Rahr heritage and collected Rahr Brewery memorabilia and shared the story of how Curly Lambeau gave him the nickname of Corky over a bottle of beer with his father. Always a loyal Badger and Packers fan, he enjoyed attending games, arm-chair coaching, and sharing his experiences attending the “Ice Bowl of 1967” and attending the Packers Super Bowl victory in 1997. He enjoyed hunting and golfing with family and friends for many years.
He will be dearly missed and always remembered with love and a smile by family and friends. He was never afraid to give his two cents and sage advice. Those words of wisdom will continue to guide his kids and grandchildren of whom he was so proud.
Friends may call at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow and be celebrated at 6 p.m. at the parish with Father Willie Van De Loo and Bishop Robert Morneau concelebrating. Entombment will be in the Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.
Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Mary extends special thanks to Dr. William Reynders, Dr. Daniel Lemkuil, Dr. Mark Kroll, Unity Hospice Team, Fr. Willard Van De Loo, Bishop Robert Morneau, Bonnie Kuhr, Nancy McGuire, Stephanie Bruss, Karen Kini; and especially daughters, Wendy and Missy for tireless, loving care and assistance.