Ray Vernon Bethel

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Ray Vernon Bethel

CHILLICOTHE: Ray Vernon Bethel, 83, of Chillicothe, Ohio passed away July 17, 2014 at Westmorland Place Chillicothe after a brief illness.

Ray was born June 29, 1931 in Ross County to Robert Sherman and Grace Ann (Long) Bethel.

He is survived by one daughter, Laura K. Tenant (Rick) of Waverly; one grandson, Zachary Bell of Dallas Texas; a brother, Paul L. Bethel (Lavaughn), of Chillicothe; two sisters, Patricia J. McGowan of Chillicothe and Joy E. Atwood (Robert) of Gallipolis Ohio; and a brother-in-law, Thomas James of Chillicothe; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert C. Bethel; sisters, Mildred L. Christopher, Opal B. McCullough, Marjorie A. Williams and Helen B. James.

Ray was a veteran of the Korean War and was a lifetime member of several military organizations such as American Legion, Am Vets, and CIA (Combat Infantry Association) where he was the Staff Judge Advocate. He volunteered for the Veterans Administration for more than 5 years. He donated an automobile to the VA to be used to transport veterans. He was a pilot owning his own plane in the 60's. He also ran the Beach Comber at Lake White in the 60's.

Ray was a graduate of Frankfort High School in the class of 1949. He as a graduate of Ohio University in Athens Ohio and Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was a science teacher and coach at Teays Valley High School and Paint Valley High School. He also taught and was an administrator at TYCO in Columbus Ohio. He retired from TYCO in 1996. He was a member of the Ohio Teachers Association. Owned his own mortgage business and was a licensed Mortgage Broker. He belonged to the Ohio Mortgage Broker Association. Ray was also a mason and a member of Ohio University Association.

Ray's body was donated to the Ohio University Body Donation Department at his request.

There will be a celebration of life at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Contributions can be made in his name to the Parkinson's Research Foundation, National , or to the Ohio University, Athens.
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Aug. 22, 2014
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