Raymond Wayne Hartzell was born in Findlay, Ohio on February 1, 1925 to the late William H. and Frances (Cook) Hartzell. His grandparents, Newton S. and Minnie Mae Hartzell raised Ray. Ray passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. at the Hospice Care Center in Findlay.
During his school years, Raymond was a Boy Scout and played in the high school band. After graduating from Findlay High School in 1942, he went to work for the Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon) as a messenger in the Legal Department.
As the war was in progress, Ray enlisted in the Navy. Ray took part in Marshall Island's ROI and Namur battles, then on to Saipan and Guam.
Ray served as Lands and Buildings Superintendent for the State of Ohio; then was appointed Equipment Superintendent for ODOT. He obtained a Real Estate License and an Auctioneer's License. He was appointed Administrative Assistant for ODOT Division One. Ray served 15 years on the Liberty Township Zoning Board; and on both the Central Committee and Executive Committee of the Republican party for many years. Ray built the Old Barn Auction in Findlay and retired from the State of Ohio (after 24+ years) to operate this business.
Ray and his wife, Betty, bought a vacation home in Naples, FL and enjoyed 20 years there.
Ray married Bonnie Cooper in 1943; they divorced. He later married Betty Watson and they have now been married for over 60 years.
His children are Melinda Cole, Julia Lauck, David Hartzell and Rodney Hartzell. Ray's sister, Norma Zeigler, passed away in 2007. Ray has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio. A Masonic Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the end of visitation.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020 at the funeral home with Pastor Walt Sheppard officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with rites being performed by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.
At both the visitation and funeral, masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
Ray was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He asks all respects to him be given to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095. He has remembered them, you can be sure; he loves them.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.