Raymond A. ‘Ray’ Winters
June 12, 1936 ‒ November 20, 2015
Raymond A. “Ray” Winters, age 79, of Marion, died Friday afternoon, November 20, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family following a five year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
On June 12, 1936, Ray was born in Marion, Ohio, the second of four sons of the late Garland and Mildred (Beverly) Winters. He was raised in the St. Mary Catholic Church and graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1954.
Several years after high school, Ray wised up and sold his prize car to marry his classmate, Pat Ruhl, on February 7, 1959. Together they shared fifty six wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised two children.
Growing up, Ray found he had a passion for working on cars in his uncle’s shop. This led to him working for many years as the service manager at Race Motor Sales in Marion. H e continued working on cars throughout his life as long as he was able, as family and friends often turned to him for help with their cars.
Following Race Motor Sales, Ray worked as a fleet and buildings administrator at G.T.E., until his retirement in 1995.
Taking great pride in their yard, Ray and Pat had a unique system to make sure their yard looked immaculate and weed free. Also, whenever Ray wasn’t working on cars or his yard, you could find him on the golf course. He played every day he could, and loved running the Whetstone Golf Course Senior Leagues for many years.
Always easy going, Ray and Pat could count on one hand the number of times they had an argument. He also will be remembered for his willingness to drop anything and help a family member or friend in need.
He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Pat; two children: John (Pamela) Winters and Connie (Duane Jr. “Butch”) Brown; five grandchildren: Kyle (Johnna) Winters, Jason Winters, Amber Brown, Brooke Brown and Nick (Angela) Brown; four great-grandchildren: Adrianna, McKenna, and Colten Winters, and Maddox and Hayden Brown; two brothers: William (Doris) Winters and Bob Winters; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.
Including his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a brother, David Winters; and sister-in-law, Sue Winters.
His family will greet friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring his life will follow there at 6 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Ohio Health Hospice, and Joyce’s Angels, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Ray’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.