Raymond A. ‘Ray’ Winters

June 12, 1936 ‒ November 20, 2015

Marion, Ohio

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.

  • Uncle John, We’re so sorry to hear of your father passing! If you need anything PLEASE call us! We love you and take care!

  • So sorry for your loss of Ray. Wish we were in Ohio with you but know our love is sent and my God Bless the family. Duane & Joyce

  • Aunt Pat, Cousin John, Cousin Connie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Ray’s passing. I have so many great memories of visiting your house in Marion and watching my Dad (Uncle Dave) and Uncle Ray give each a hard time. They were so much fun when they got together. I still remember hearing so many stories of their youthful mischief together and of course many car stories and disagreements over which car was faster. 🙂

    Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make it back to Ohio for the memorial since my wife, Michelle, is recovering from a surgery. However, please know that our thoughts and love are with you and I promise to tell plenty of those great stories about Uncle Ray and my Dad to our kids, Michael and Katie.

    Love,
    David Ross, Michelle, Katie, and Michael

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. We loved being neighbors with you. Thinking of your family! Love, The Hecker’s

  • We wanted to extend our sympathies to the family. We hope your memories of the good times you shared with Ray will give you some comfort during this sad time. Ray always had that little smile that made him so much fun to golf with.

    Dave and Joann Ramsey

  • Auntie Pat, John, and Connie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Ray’s passing. I have fond memories of Uncle Ray and our visits with all of you over the years.

    I am sorry to say that I won’t be able to make it back to Ohio for Uncle Ray’s memorial as I spent last week in Indiana with Mom & Dad and am not able to turn around another trip from Connecticut so quickly.

    Please know that I think of you often and that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Sherry

  • We are very sorry to get the sad news about Ray Winters, a classmate and friend
    from our days at Marion Harding High School. We enjoyed our visits with Ray
    and Pat at our class reunions over the years. Our thoughts are with Pat and her family at this difficult time.

  • Pat and family.Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Ray. I’m sorry to be away ant not paying my respect in person. Ray has always been a good man and you two a great couple. From high school to today Ray was always friendly and interested. I especially am thankful for his practical suggestions as I struggled to do an actable job with our class reunions. Many just complained but Ray always had constructive ideas that I valued. He was a quiet example of areal gentleman.I will miss him. Be blessed with comfort and peace. Larry