RATZ Dennis L. Dennis L. "PaPa" Ratz of the Point/Shoreland community, died on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in his residence at the age of 61. Dennis started his working career in September 1969 for LOF then joined Chrysler/Jeep in August of 1985 working between both plants thru the 1990's during that time he obtained his stationary engineer license. Denny enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping, water skiing, scuba diving and most outdoor activities. He enjoyed woodworking and was a man with a most generous heart. Denny would help out anyone who needed it that he could. He had a passion for the "Claw" machines and would clean them out and kept bags of the toys in his car to donate to children and also church and the firehouse during Christmas. His biggest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Ratz and Virginia Ratz; in laws, Mr and Mrs. Zeisler; brother-in-law, Norman Zeisler and best friend, Travis Harris. Left to cherish his memory are best friend and loving wife of 41- 1/2 years, Doris (Zeisler) Ratz; children, Melissa (Shilo) McDole, Nicole (Larry II) Thayer, Dennis Ratz II and Laura Bolander; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Jim) Gockerman, Jean Ratz; brothers, Louis, Michael (Karen), Randy and Donald Ratz; best friend, Kathy Harris and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive visitors in the David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home, 5300 N. Summit St., (419-726-1583) on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Randy Gazarek officiating. Interment will be in Fish Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to make them out to Doris Ratz for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences along with photos and fond memories may be left for the family at: www.jasinfuneralhome.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on June 14, 2011