Raymond Charles Banz
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Raymond Charles Banz, 43, of Reisterstown passed away suddenly at his home on December 23, 2018 leaving behind his best friend and faithful companion, Chester Dog.Ray was born on May 5, 1975 in Baltimore Maryland and moved to the country at the age of 3. He attended Hereford High School and was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.He was the loving son of Raymond T. Banz and Charleen G. Kramer, loving lunch box carrying brother to sista, Kimberly L. Kramer, dear uncle to Steven M. Biddinger Jr and Holly Biddinger Carney. Former brother-in-law of Steven Biddinger Sr.He is also survived by his cherished partner Elissa Bantug and her daughters Sam and Bella, former wife and close friend Rita Marie Banz, longtime high school friends Richard Ditsche and Keith Lucas, loving Aunt Carolyn and Aunt Linda, Uncle John and Uncle Tom with whom he shared a great love of Christ, cousins John, Tom, Karen and playoff lacrosse weekend partner in crime, Tracey Wieciech Fowler. All good memories he held close to his heart.Ray was happiest walking his land, being with nature, especially birds, the fox and deer. He had a dedication to healing Mother Earth. He also loved to hike and travel. Cooking was a passion, cleaning up was not.Per the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing. If you wish to remember Ray please pass on good memories of good times and if you wish to honor him donations may be made to the Big Cat Rescue, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa Florida, 33625 which was a great passion of his, or do a kindness for someone else in his memory.The family is requesting privacy at this very difficult time. Cards of condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 118, Upperco, Maryland 21155. Online condolences may be offered at www.eckhardtfuneralchapel.comArrangements are by the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., Manchester, MD.

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Published in Carroll County Times from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019.
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February 3, 2019
Sorry for your lost
Stan Berman
January 8, 2019
You were ours for such a short time but accomplished so much. Fly high and soar, our love goes with you until we meet again
Love Aunt Carolyn and Uncle John and cousin Karen
January 5, 2019
Ray Just heard of the devastating news about your son. I want to send my heart felt sympathies. I have know you for a long time, anything I can do please reach out. Pat and G Suerth - Free State Steel
Pat Suerth
December 31, 2018
I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the entire family during this time of your loss. Those who fall asleep in death, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. ( Psalms 116:15)
December 28, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss,
Sincerely, Terry at Farmers and Merchants Bank, Upperco
December 28, 2018
Our condolences prayers and love to the family
Dawn and Jack Griffin
December 27, 2018
We are heartbroken. He has left way too soon and his laugh and his cooking will be missed the most by us. His family are in our prayers.
Brad and Beth Benson
Beth Benson
December 27, 2018
Will miss Ray dearly. He was honest, humble and never minced words. Rest In Peace dear friend the eightball will always roll on ok your memory.
Daniel Phillips
December 27, 2018
Our condolences and sending light and love. Anna De Cheke Qualls and Ray Qualls
December 27, 2018
I will treasure the happy times Ray and I had and am grateful we remained friends these past few years - to to short! You are missed.
Rita Banz
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