Father Raymond Schrimpf


Born September 19, 1922 - Died January 4, 1998

Father Raymond Schrimpf (birth name: Richard John) was born in 1922 in Francis Creek, Wisconsin, a small village north of Manitowoc. He attended Rockwood Public High School and then Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz. He entered the US Army’s Air Force division in 1942, and served during World War II and after, until 1947. He then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received a degree in electrical engineering. Still sensing a call to the priesthood and religious life, he returned to St. Nazianz, and entered the Novitiate in 1950. He made his profession of vows on September 8, 1951. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and was ordained in the chapel of Trinity College in that city on December 8, 1956. Fr. Raymond taught math and physics in St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, New York; and in Jordan High School in Milwaukee. After a few years of teaching once again in Lancaster, he became the province’s Director of Finance in 1979. At the end of his term, he was named the Director of the Deferred Giving Program at Salvatorian Center in New Holstein. He ministered on the weekends in the Chilton area Salvatorian parishes and in School Hill, and in 1985, he became pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He returned to Francis Creek, Wisconsin, in 1987, and helped in the neighboring parishes when he could, but failing health began to take its toll. He died in St. Mary’s Home in Manitowoc on January 4, 1998, where he had lived for just a few weeks prior to his death. He was buried alongside family members in the cemetery of St. Anne’s Parish in Francis Creek. His brother, Fr. Reginald Schrimpf, was also a Salvatorian priest of the USA Province. In addition to his pastoral ministries, Fr. Raymond’s earlier skills were always put to good use wherever he served. He enjoyed upgrading the electrical wiring and doing carpentry work in the places he lived, and in his later life, the Society’s cottage in northern Wisconsin also benefited from his abilities.