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Raymond R. "Ray" Lawyer

January 22, 1937 ~ July 5, 2017 (age 80)
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Raymond R. “Ray” Lawyer, 80, of Marblehead and formerly of Castalia passed away early Wednesday morning, July 5, 2017 at his residence following an 18-year battle with prostate cancer.  He was born January 22, 1937 in Cleveland and was a 1955 graduate of Avon High School.  He served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 6 years.  Ray and his wife, Susan, moved to the area in 1963.  He was employed at the former Union Chain, Parker Excavating, and retired from Owens Illinois Castalia Farms. Ray was a 17 year member of the Margaretta Township Fire Department, retiring as a Lieutenant.  He was also a member of the Castalia Lions Club, and Margaretta High School Band Boosters, where he served as President for 8 years.  After retirement, Ray and Susan wintered in Jet Park, Palmetto, Florida where he served as the Social Committee President for 10 years.  He was a member of the Manatee County Carvers and some of his works decorate his daughters’ Christmas trees. His biggest carving was a full size, 80lb rocking horse named Mr Wittles that his 10-year old granddaughter still enjoys! His love of traveling took him to many locales, including three weeks in Ireland, and a two-month driving trip through Alaska and the Northwest.  He and his wife visited 43 national parks, camping in many.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed playing cards and a game of chess with his granddaughter. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Susan Benner, two daughters, Jil (Bruce) Carr of Sandusky, and Nel (Greg) Santa of Alexandria, his granddaughter, Elizabeth Santa, siblings Tom, Larry and Judy Mitchell, nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service, led by the Reverend Dane Meuschke, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 at Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky Ohio.  Guests will be welcomed to share memories and lunch immediately following at the Boeckling House, 614 Columbus Avenue.   Memorial Contributions may be made to Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, Ohio 44824 or to Margaretta Township Fire Department, 113 South Avenue, Castalia, Ohio 44824.  Condolences may be shared with the family at

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the care and services provided by Stein Hospice during the past couple months.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
July 8, 2017

11:00 AM
Pfeil Funeral Homes
617 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870

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