Ray Thornton Zeyer
May 23, 1930 ‒ January 28, 2021
Formerly of St. Clairsville, Ohio
Ray Thornton Zeyer, 90 of Westerville, and formerly of St. Clairsville, Ohio passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, January 28, 2021 at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, after a courageous battle with COVID.
Born May 23, 1930 in Harrison County, Ohio, to the late William Ray & Erma (Thornton) Zeyer. Ray graduated from Franklin High School in 1948, and would go on to serve in the United States Air Force. He would be stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War. He was Honorably Discharged and would make his way back to Ohio. He met the love of his life Vivian Stewart and they married shortly after. Ray was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville, and was an elder in the church, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Virginia (Phillip) McNaughton and Doris (Henry) Jahn.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Vivian of 66 years; daughter Renee Whitaker; grandchildren Dawn (Jarrod) McClain, Tacy (Scott) Osler, Erin (Andrew) Rinehart, and Trevor Whitaker; great- grandchildren Cameron, Tyson, Reese, Justis, Grace, Owen, Bree, Jack, and Amrynn; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ray loved everything horses, whether he was showing, observing their natural beauty, or riding them. He would participate in every local parade, and would carry the American Flag on horseback. Ray also enjoyed cars, especially the ones that would go fast. His favorite was a Red Convertible, that he even let Vivian drive. He also enjoyed vacationing at the lake house in Seneca Lake, Ohio every weekend during the summer months. His family and those close to him will remember him as the faithful, loving, and family-oriented man that he was.
Memorial services celebrating Ray’s life will be held at the St. Clairsville First Presbyterian Church in the spring, once COVID restrictions are lifted.
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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.