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Raymond A. Pendell


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Raymond A. Pendell Obituary
Pendell, Raymond A.
1929 - 2017
Raymond A. Pendell, 88 was born in Xichigan in 1929, he would tell you his birth was the last great thing to happen in that state. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Ashley and Lois (Leitch) Pendell. He grew up in West Columbus, Ohio and was joined by loving siblings Richard (Marge) Pendell and baby sister Annie (Earl) Peterson. After graduating from Columbus West High School in 1946, he attended The Ohio State University until he was called to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He returned to Columbus where he continued his studies and in 1953 married Betty Jane Donohue, who proceeded him in death in 2000. Together they raised Daniel R. (Sharmin) Pendell and Laura (David) Denney, David also proceeded him in death. Eventually they welcomed granddaughters Holly (Anthony Strigari) Pendell, Amy (Eric) Walker and great-grandchildren Lydia and Rory Strigari, and Andrew and Nathan Walker. He will forever remain in their memory as their beloved "Big Pap." He was dearly loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all with wonderful memories. Ray retired from the City of Columbus, where he made many loyal friendships that lasted lifetimes. On Saturdays, Ray wore scarlet and gray and attended too many Buckeye games to count. Most home games were followed by pizza and a pitcher at Minelli's, where everyone knew him by name. Ray was a member of First Congregational Church since 1960, serving for several years as lead usher. He also found friends in the Luther B. Turner F&AM Masonic Lodge, Hilltop Aladdin Shrine Club, Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War Post 4044, West High Alumni Association, Central Ohio Home Plate Club, The Agonis Club of Columbus, Boy Scouts Troop 45, Bell Ringers of the Salvation Army and was a loyal four-star General in General Jones' Army. He spent his retirement with friends near and far, enjoying several winters in Florida (with many stops along the way) where he played cards with whomever he came across and spent evenings singing karaoke. Ray was an all-around good guy and we were better for having known him. His family wishes to thank the many friends and relatives who came to say goodbye and invite you to calling hours 2-5 PM Sunday, October 15 at the Schoedinger Grove City Chapel. Masonic Service at 5 PM Sunday. Funeral Service 1 PM Monday October 16 at First Congregational Church, 444 East Broad St where Ray's family will receive friends beginning at 12 PM until the time of the service. Interment at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West High Alumni Association or , https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Go Bucks! Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory of Ray.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 15, 2017
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