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.com
Arrangements are by the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., Manchester, MD.