Raymond L. Temple
November 07, 1940 ‒ November 14, 2014
BELLVILLE: It’s been said that “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help and the desire to serve.” Raymond L. Temple lived a life of service to others: service to his family, service to his community and service to God. A man of great dedication to service, Raymond passed away Friday morning, November 14, 2014 in Riverside Methodist Hospital following a month-long illness. He was 74.
He was born November 7, 1940 in Barnesville to the late Kenneth G. and Mary E. (Moore) Temple and was graduated from The Ohio State University in 1962 with a BS Degree in Agriculture Education. He began teaching at Fredericktown High School for four years and also managed Custom Farm Services, a farm fertilizing company, in Fredericktown.
On June 14, 1964 he married Bonita “Bonnie” Renner, with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
A lifelong farmer, Ray began his career on a farm in Wayne County, and purchased Cedarbrook Farm in 1971. There, he specialized in dairy production and crops until his retirement in 2006. He served as the Director of Milk Marketing, Inc., as a National delegate for the Dairy Farmers of America, the Richland County Board of FSA and the Dairy Board, as a board member for the Northern Ohio Breeders Association, and as a member of the National and Ohio Holstein Breeders.
Proud to serve his community, he was a member of the Fredericktown Lions Club and the Perry Township Zoning Committee. He devoted his time as a member of the Northmor School Board from 1978-1986, and as a Morrow County 4-H advisor for 25 years.
A man of God, Ray was a former member of Pleasant Grove Community Church, where he served the congregation in various capacities, and was currently a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.
In his retirement, Ray enjoyed restoring antique tractors, especially his father’s Farmall H and building purple martin bird houses. It warmed his heart to support his grandchildren in school and athletic events, and he loved cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes.
In addition to his wife, Bonnie, of Bellville, he is survived by a daughter Mary Ellen Temple of Westerville, son and daughter-in-law Mike and Sue Temple of Lexington, four grandchildren Zachary, Nathan, Bennett and Isabella Temple, sisters Sarah Winters of Kent and Shirley Woodland of Smithville, a brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Patricia Temple of Bethesda, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Preceding Ray in death are his parents, brothers and sisters-in-law James and Shirley Temple and William and Betty Temple, and a sister Irene Frasher.
Friends may call Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service honoring the life of Raymond L. Temple will be held Wednesday at 11 am in Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, 7197 County Road 46, Mount Gilead. Friends may call the hour prior to the service. Pastor Don Linn will officiate and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to The Richland County Foundation Scholarship Fund or the Ohio 4-H Foundation may be made through the funeral home.
Expressions of support and sympathy may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.