January 04, 1930 ‒ January 16, 2018
Passing beyond the shadow into a purer light,
Stepping behind the curtain to get a clearer sight,
Passing out of the shadow into eternal day,
Why do we call it dying – this sweet going away?
Ray Kissel’s eternal day began early Tuesday, January 16, 2018. He was 88.
He was born January 4, 1930 in Mansfield to parents Andrew and Theresa (Dinger) Kissel. Ray had to drop out of high school to help out his dad on the farm. But he went on to become a certified public accountant through correspondence studies, all while working to provide for his young family. As he liked to put it, he graduated from the school of hard knocks.
Ray served the Mansfield area as the president and owner of Kissel & Associates Inc., a certified public accounting firm that he started from the ground up in 1979. This was his life’s work until March of 2017. Ray was a member of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Proud of his professional reputation, he was the founder and first president of the North Central Ohio Chapter of CPAs and a past vice president of the Ohio Society of CPAs.
A godly man, Ray was a pupil of the Bible and led a weekly Bible study in his home for many years with his brothers and sisters in Christ.
In his spare time, Ray worked hard at home to keep the lawn and house in tip-top shape. He took pleasure in traveling with his wife, Julie — Alaska being their most memorable and beloved destination. Ray enjoyed ballroom dancing dressed to the nines in a classy tuxedo with his adoring wife in his arms. Above all, Ray is remembered as an example of hard work, honesty, and integrity.
He is survived by his loving wife Julie (Kozma) Kissel, whom he married January 27, 1973, two daughters and a son-in-law — Dina Hess of San Antonio, TX and Brenda and Werner Horsthemke of Plano, TX; five grandchildren Brett Baker, Corey Baker, Bryan Baker, Stephan Horsthemke, and Ann-Jinette Hess; and a great grandson Wyatt Baker.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a daughter Darcy Kissel, a son-in-law Ken Hess, and four brothers Andrew, Martin, Carl and an infant Michael Kissel.
The Kissel family will receive friends Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Ray’s life will be held Monday at 11 a.m., also at the Snyder Funeral Home. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.
Contributions in Ray’s memory to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem may be made at the funeral home.
Condolences to the Kissel family may be made at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.