Ray M. Wittmer

December 31, 1917 ‒ April 12, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Ray M. Wittmer, 88, died Wednesday evening, April 12, 2006 following an extended illness.

He was born December 31, 1917 in Mansfield to Jacob Aaron and Anna May (Kisling) Wittmer and was graduated from Lexington High School. On April 28, 1943 he committed his life in marriage to Mary (Hyman) Wittmer who survives.

Ray was a veteran of the US Army during WW II, beginning his service as a dog handler and later working with the Military Police. He was retired as an Assistant Superintendent with the Richland County Highway Department, after a 35-year career.

A lifelong area resident, Ray loved working on the original family farm, land located under what is now the Clear Fork Reservoir, and continued to enjoy the farms responsibilities, until recently, on his own land. His “Wednesday outings” took him to the Mt. Vernon cattle auctions where he had his own seat. Not afraid of work, Ray planted large vegetable and floral gardens – his favorites being mums and glades. It is recalled he once sold his wood splitter so he cut and split wood for the pleasure of the effort, and later for sale. He also enjoyed coon hunting, playing cards, and reading.

Perhaps Ray’s favorite activity was going out to dinner with his wife, Mary. He particularly enjoyed the Westside Restaurant, Bob Evans, and any location that offered a buffet where “you could always find whatever it was you were hungry for at the time.”

In addition to his wife of nearly 63 years, Ray is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Darryl and Debbie Wittmer, of Mansfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Ralph “Buster” Ruggles, of Mansfield; a grand daughter, Kerri Lynn Mollar of Cardington; and sister-in-law Jean Wittmer of Mansfield.

Brothers Cleo Wittmer, Urban Wittmer, and Dan “D.K.” Wittmer and sisters Grace Baker and Mary Eva Prosser preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home on Monday, April 17, 2006, from 1 to 2 pm, where the funeral will be held at 2 pm. Pastor Tj Waters will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice or the American Cancer Society may be made at the funeral home.