Raymond "Junior" William Shulka, Jr.


 Raymond “Junior” William Shulka, Jr., 67, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, May 18, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

He was born on Jan. 26, 1947 to Raymond Fred and Irene Helen (Horstman) Shulka in Guttenberg, Iowa where he also attended school.

Junior enlisted into the United States Army on Oct. 17, 1964. He was a missile mechanic during his service time. He was honorably discharged in 1967. Junior was married to Barbara Uher on Sept. 5, 1969; to this union two children were born, Laura and Travis. They later divorced.

Junior worked with his father as an auto mechanic and painter. He also worked in the Chevy Garage in Elkader, Iowa, Firestone in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Century Telephone Company in La Crosse, and Saw Mill and Logging with Gary Fuller in Prairie du Chien.

Junior was an avid sportsman and loved to hunt and fish. He liked to spend many hours relating his greatest hunting and fishing stories with his friends. Junior liked working on cars and watching sports, especially Packer football and western movies. 

Survivors include his two children, Laura Lynn (Mark) Flottmeyer, La Crosse, and Travis Ray (Ginny) Shulka, Shawano; five grandchildren, Gabe and Emily Flottmeyer and Willow, Jeremiah and Madeline Shulka; two sisters, Ritamae (Gary) Fuller, and Joyce (Walter) Thornton, both of Prairie du Chien; two brothers Jeff Welch, Prairie du Chien, Robert Shulka, Lansing, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and “honorary grandchildren.”

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Irene Shulka; two sisters, Penny Jo Shulka and Jean Ann (Horstman) Shulka; and four brothers, Donald K. Shulka, Richard L. Shulka, James Shulka and Jerry Horstman. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thornburg – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Prairie du Chien, and one hour before services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien.

Burial will be Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. with full military honors at the Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.

Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com.

Thornburg – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Prairie du Chien, WI, is helping the family with arrangements.

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