Raymond L. Hartpence

June 14, 1918 ‒ June 11, 2018

Edison, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Raymond L. Hartpence, age 99, of Edison, was welcomed into Heaven on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the DeWolfe House in Marion, just a few days shy of his 100th birthday.

Nearly a century ago, on June 14, 1918, Raymond was born in Gilead Township near Mount Gilead, one of three children of the late Earl and Belle (Hildebrand) Hartpence.  During his younger years, his family lost their home farm due to the depression, leading them to move several times around the county.  They even lived in Western Nebraska for a short time before returning to Morrow County.

Raymond attended the Guiding Star Country School, Edison Schools, and graduated in 1936 from Mount Gilead High School.  He then attended Columbus Business School, and worked for the American Zinc Oxide Company and Burger Beer in Columbus until being drafted into the U.S. Army.

On March 7, 1941, Raymond joined the U.S. Army and trained for ten months in the U.S.  Then, on January 23, 1942, he boarded a troop ship headed south, not knowing where they were headed.  They quickly realized they were headed to the Panama Canal, where they turned west traveling through the Pacific Ocean to join his fellow soldiers in the battle of World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.  He served as the company clerk for the 3465 Ordinance Company Americal Division, eventually earning the rank of acting first sergeant.  He was awarded various campaign medals for his contributions to the Guadacanal, Northern Solomons, and Bismarck Archipelago battles and campaigns.

During World War II, Raymond’s high school sweetheart, Veldren Kelly, patiently waited for him to return from the war.  Shortly after his honorable discharge, they were married at her home church, the Boundary United Methodist Church, on April 20, 1946. They shared over 66 wonderful years of marriage together, and lovingly raised two sons: David and Dennis.  She preceded him in death on May 19, 2012.

For the majority of his life, Raymond worked two jobs to provide for his family.  He worked for twenty seven years for ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) as a program assistant and clerk, helping farmers any way he could, retiring in 1983.  He also took over his father-in-law’s farm, the Kelly Homestead, on County Road 9, which his family continues to farm today.  Raymond farmed until he was 91 years old, often with Veldren right by his side.  He was especially proud to have his son and grandson continue their family farm, the Boundary Line Farm.

Raymond was an active member of the Boundary United Methodist Church, serving as the church treasurer for over sixty years.  He and Veldren helped to organize and run most every aspect of the church, always willing to go over whenever anything was needed.  He also was a member of the Morrow County Hospital’s Alva Couples TWIG and Twin Pines Farm Bureau.

Salt of the earth, Raymond was a humble man who never wanted any attention or accolades for his tireless work.  Instead, he preferred to work behind the scenes, helping his family, church, and many friends any way he could.  Raymond “was a gem,” whose warm smile made you feel like the most special person in the world.  He truly was the best father, grandfather, great-grandfather and dear friend anyone could ask for.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, David (Carol) Hartpence of Edison; three grandchildren: Nathan Hartpence of Edison, Ryan (Lana) Hartpence of Powell, and Kelly (Matt) Beck of Mount Gilead; four great-grandchildren: Colton and Porter Beck, and Gwen and Evan Hartpence; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his son, PFC Dennis Ray Hartpence, who was killed in action in Vietnam, on April 19, 1968; a brother, George Hartpence; and a sister, Blanche Coulter.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on his 100th birthday, Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, at the Boundary United Methodist Church (address below), with Pastor David Smith officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boundary United Methodist Church, 3216 Twp. Rd. 75 (at CR 9), Edison, OH 43320.

On behalf of Raymond’s family, they want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the wonderful staff and his many friends at the DeWolfe House in Marion, and to Capital City Hospice for their tender care of Raymond these past few months.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Raymond’s family and your memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • What wonderful memories I have of Raymond and his family. Raymond was a very humble Christian.

    Raymond and Veldren was always giving and helping others.

    Another memory I have was when my deceased husband, Wendell, explained to the teens in a MYF meeting at the Boundary Church of how you could except Christ as your SAVIOR. Very quickly Dennis opened his heart and also replied that he wanted and did ask JESUS into his life. What a comfort it was to us and others to know for certain when his life was shortened at an very early age, to know for sure he was in HEAVEN with CHRIST.

    We are praying God will be your strength in this time of missing Raymond.
    Maxine Davis Shipley

  • I am so sorry to hear this. He was an outstanding man and I loved my chats with him. It was like clock work on memorial day to spend time with him at the cemetery. He will be missed, such a long and love filled life. Rest in peace my friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • So very sorry to hear this! Super nice gentleman!!
    You have our prayers and hugs!!
    Eric and Pat Anthony

  • Dear Friends, we are saddened to read about the passing of Raymond. Such a treasure trove of keepsake memories that we have. He will be missed. May God lay his healing hand upon all of you, giving you strength and stamina as well as comfort and peace… blessings…. Steve and LuAnn

  • Dave, Carol and family, was so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious father! But how wonderful you were able to have him for so long! No matter how long, though, it never seems long enough! How wonderful, you have the assurance of where he is at his very special reunion! He and your mother were always so dear when they would come in to vote, where I work! I know it is bittersweet, but rely on all those great memories! May God comfort and keep you!

  • Raymond was one of the very best humans who walked this planet….a very pure, loving and gentle man…..he will be truly missed and a heavy heart he leaves behind…..that heart of his will forever be alive in all those who knew him………My Uncle Raymond I love you and thank you for being in my life.
    XOXOXO,
    Stephanie

  • Uncle Raymond was a blessing to know and a great example to follow. Childhood visits to the Hartpence farm were always enjoyable. Both sons, Dennis and David, were fun to be around, providing a number of treasured recollections. May God’s presence be with you, his loved ones. And may your memories of Raymond be a source of encouragement and comfort until you meet again. Blessings to you all.

  • May your memories bring you peace and happiness. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  • Raymond Hartpence was the best Uncle any nephew could ever have. I am the lucky one!
    “Just a closer walk with thee,” Uncle Raymond.
    With extreme condolences,
    Roger

  • Raymond, Was A Great Man And Great Family .I Frst met Raymond , Veldren, at The Columbus , Air Port. Dennis And I Was Headed To Viet Nam, We Had To Be Tough And Not Show How Scared We Were. We Knew We Were Never comming Back Home ,But The Last Words To Them all Was Catch You All Later, Dennis And I Got On The Plane And Cried Like Babies. We Got To Viet Nam, Dennis And Two Of Our Friends Went To Another Company. I Told Them To Take Care Of Dennis , But Things Got Hot And It Was the Tet Offensive. Dinnis Got Hit , I Got The Word, This About Killed Me, I Won’t Bore You ,But I Made It Home And Got With Dennis’s Family And We Have Been Like Family Ever Since. We Got Together Many Times Over The Years. It Hurts That Buth Of Them Have Passed. They Say God Only Takes The Best, And These Were The Sweetest , Kind, Gentle People , We Ever Knew. Raymond Will Be deeply Missed By All And Especially Me And My Famly. May God Bless And Keep You All!!! Bonnie And Leroy Fout.

  • David,Carol and family, my deepest sympathy to all. I was unable to attend visitation but wanted you to know I am thinking of you. My rememberance of Raymond is most vivid from the”cousins” breakfasts. He always had a smile and was so soft spoken

  • I got to know Ray when I was working at the Morrow County Food Pantry. He would donate food to the pantry. He told me that he was a member of the Boundary Church in Edison, where I live. Each time he would come in with food I would greet him with a big hug and he would reciprocate. Since I don’t get the local paper and only get the obituaries after the fact in the Shopper’s Compass, I didn’t know about Ray until I got the weekend paper today, otherwise, I would have gone to his services. Very nice gentlemen, always had a smile on his face. I’m so sorry for the loss of this beloved man.