Raymond L. Temple

November 07, 1940 ‒ November 14, 2014

Bellville, Ohio

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.

  • Dear Bonnie and family, We will miss Ray so much as we gather for our annual reunions. He was such a good man – husband, father, grandfather, farmer, and friend. Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you at this sad time.
    Love, Elaine and John T.

  • Dearest Bonnie and family,
    We are thinking and praying for you. Ray will be missed greatly.

  • Knowing our Father of grace and mercy will be holding your family up in this time of great loss, we are thinking of you and wish you comfort and support. Ray clearly was a fine family man.

  • Bonnie, Mike, Mary Ellen and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was a great guy and will be missed dearly. Lots of great memories with you all.

    Love, hugs and prayers to you all.
    Darlene (Tingley) Romine

  • Bonnie, Mary Ellen, Sue , Mike and family:
    We wish to Express our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We’ll think of Raymond every time we attend a sporting event. The past few years he became a fixture in supporting the grandchildren and the teams in general. May God bless each and every one of you as Raymond moves on to a Greater Place.

  • Bonnie, MaryEllen and Mike,
    Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. Ray is now at rest and will be watching over you.
    Love to all

  • So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our prayers and sincere sympathy are with you. Very sad for all of you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace knowing he is with the Good Lord above.

  • Ray touched so many lives We are so grateful that we had the chance to know him and that he touched our lives in so many positive ways. We will miss him.

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Bonnie, Mary Ellen and Family,
    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Ray was a wonderful man and great example to many children of Morrow County through 4-H. You are in my prayers and thank you for sharing such a great man with the youth of Morrow County.

  • Dear Bonnie and Family: So sorry to read that your best friend in life and knowing he will be waiting for you with open arms. Prays for you of your lost Hugs Camille

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Ray, he was a positive influence in my life when I worked on the farm, thanks for teaching me about hard work, being dedicated and working hard to meet your goals. You were a good man and will be missed.

  • Bonnie, Mary Ellen, Mike & Sue & family,
    Our hearts go out to you all during this most difficult time for your terrible loss. You’re all in our thoughts & prayers.

    Ken, Rhonda, Kaitlyn & Keith Oliver
    Michelle, Brian, Brandon & Tyler Gates
    The Bush Family
    Harold Bush
    Kay Bush
    Mike, Debbie, Mikaela, Rachel & Hannah Bush
    Bryan Bush

  • We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ray! Our prayers for you Bonnie, Mike, and Mary Ellen in the days ahead. Celebrating his life!

  • Bonnie and Family, I’m so very sorry for your lose. Ray was a great person. Over the years I had many conversations with him. We talked about many things. He was a wonderful person. He will be missed. You and you family will be in my prayers. God Bless..

  • Bonnie,Mary Ellen & Mike,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I can remember as a young girl coming to your home for 4-H projects and Ray was always hard at work. I’m sure he will be missed and may you find comfort in the days ahead.

  • Mike & Family:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary Ellen and Family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and continue to pray for you all.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Ray was and will always be a special man to many people. He has touched so many lives including mine. I remember when he showed me how to milk a cow and I seen him help deliver a calf. 🙂 I’m praying for all of you. Love to all.

  • You ALL are in our thoughts and prayers and hold such a special place in our hearts! Ray was truly a special person and will be missed SO much.

    Love you all!

  • Bonnie, Mary Ellen, Mike & Sue, You are in our prayers at the passing of Ray. May our Lord give each of you the strength, comfort and desire to face each day with hope of the meeting again face to face with Ray. We have many fond memories of the Temple-Renner families. I am so honored to have helped in a small way to make the funeral day perhaps a little easier for you. I will always remember our chats with Ray on Sunday mornings to go over the latest win, or lose of the Buckeyes.