Raymond Bailey, 67, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Ann Arbor VA Hospital, after a monthlong illness.
He was born to Annabelle Harris and Raymond Bailey Sr. His mother later married Mike Everhart and together they raised 10 children.
Ray married Nancy Lynch July 9, 1966, and she survives; along with their two children, Laurie (William) Barnett of Toledo and Brian Bailey of Tiffin. Grandchildren include Eamon Barnett, Brianna Barnett and Brooklyn Bailey. He retired as an industrial electrician from Brush Wellman, Elmore, at the age of 62.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pat (Herb) Fuhrer and Mary Alice Hartson; and one brother, Bill Bare.
He also is survived by four brothers, Louis (Annie) Everhart, Charles (Alma) Everhart, Clifford (Donna) Everhart and Clayton (Marge) Everhart; two sisters, Clara Best (David Hohman) and Roberta (Bill) Rowe; and many close and special nieces and nephews.
Ray, along with his lifelong friend and neighbor, Fred Stover, enjoyed many animal ventures over the years. Other lifelong friends include the Dull family. He loved all of God's creatures and stopped the car on more than one occasion to remove a little one from the middle of the road or bring home an abandoned kitten.
Ray was a member of the Seneca County Veterans Council and was always willing, whenever possible, to honor fallen veterans with the other caring members of the Honor Guard. Ray served as a board member and sergeant-at-arms for the North Central Ohio Conservatives, enjoyed working on the Seneca County Fair Board, was a life member of the NRA, member of the John Birch Society and also the Oath Keepers. He was a patriot who loved his country and worked tirelessly over the past five years for the Tea Party movement.
He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and later Vietnam. He was a member of the AMVETS, VFW, Isaac Walton, Eagles and Moose.
Ray was a wonderful and caring husband, father, papa and friend to those who knew him well. He had many interests and hobbies and especially loved his German Shepherd companions. He fully loved life and started every day with a "can do" attitude. He and Nancy were fortunate to have enjoyed many beautiful trips; especially, the western U.S. and the Alaskan trip they took with their niece and nephew, Doreen and Chris Gaietto. Ray and his Vietnam brothers enjoyed annual trips to Las Vegas, Branson, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Williamsburg and St. Louis, choosing a different location yearly.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-1221.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the funeral home with Jim Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, McCutchenville, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society or the Seneca County Veteran's Council Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be left for the family and the live webcast may be viewed at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.