Mark Raymond, 61, passed away in his home on Friday, Februrary 22, 2013

. Mark was the beloved father of two daughters, Heidi and Louise Dinkelacker, son of Kathryn and the late Raymond Dinkelacker and the brother of the late Marian Payne.

Mark, a veteran of the United States Navy, retired reference associate of the University of Cincinnati, was a lover of books, ideas and sharing his wealth of knowledge and experiences with those closest to him. His sense of humor and love of life's curiosities and incongruities, generous nature and infallible sense of humor brought laughter and smiles at the least likely times to those that knew and loved him.

Mark will be remembered as a free spirit full of spontaneity and a zest for living that brought out the inner child in everyone.

Mark was a lifelong musician and lover of music, playing the saxaphone and clarinet locally since the age of fourteen and throughout his life with names such as Frankie Valli and Natalie Cole. His passion for jazz touched his family and friends, his consummate audience throughout the house and at various performances.

As a most loved father, Mark will be remembered for knowing how to bring the best out of his two daughters; for trips in the woods to hunt for fossils, fishing on a moments notice and tours through the unknown and lost spots of the Queen City. He was a giver of gifts of immense value that were priceless and embracing the eccentric. He taught them about a love of learning and books, untold stories, the importance of being curious and approaching life with all the passion one can muster. "Marco Magnifico" will forever be remembered and cherished by his family for his pure and unadulterated individuality.

There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mark's favorite charity, The St. Joseph Orphanage at 5400 Edalbert Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45239.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 24, 2013