Ray Kissel

January 04, 1930 ‒ January 16, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio


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.

  • I worked with Ray through his firm doing the audits and 990’s for places I worked for 26 years. He was always professional and hard working and fair, doing whatever he could to help us. He kept our business because he did such good work.
    Further, he was a friend and neighbor and he will be missed. We always loved seeing Ray and Julie drive by the house, Julie sitting right next to him on the bench seat.
    Ray was just a good man.
    Julie, our hearts go out to you as we keep you in our prayers.
    Mick and Peach.

  • Our condolences to the family of Ray.
    We remember with appreciation, he and his staff as accountant for us personally and for D.H. Bowman and Sons.
    Our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jean Brodnax

    Julie and family My prayers are asking God to ease the hole in your hearts and fill it with only the peace God can give. Julie, I feel blessed to have known Ray a little and to have seen the love you shared together . Julie I hope I can be a better friend during this difficult time. (303-349-3137) Wishing you God’s Blessings and peace

  • julie ad ray are a true love affair! great friends and neighbors. they have a special place in my heart. rest in peace my friend. god bless. la verne lakkola

  • I will continue to keep all the wonderful memories of this awesome man of God .
    Ray and Julie are my uncle and aunt by marriage, when I came into the family over 30 years ago they both excepted me and my children like we had been in the family forever .

    My children think there is no one like Ray and Julie.

    As I had the privilege to be with the two of them at the end of Rays life on earth, I have never seen two people so in love .
    I had the opportunity to pray with him and sing some Old Christian songs (I’m not a singer ) bu he didn’t seem to mind my singing .
    Thank you Ray and Julie for all the wonderful memories.

  • May Ray’s memory be eternal! I met Ray several years ago when he sat in my chair for a hair cut. I was impressed with his impeccable attire and professional manner. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Ray was a genuine sweet guy, I really enjoyed his company . I will miss his beautiful smile his soft voice and just the goodness that we should all strive to be in life. I’m grateful the friendship I have with both Julie and Ray. I’m sorry Julie for Ray’s departure on this earth, that beautiful light now shines above. I love you guys!

  • Julie, Prayers and good memories be with you at this time. I know you shared many happy times and those we cherish, God be with you, Jan Burns