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Raymond A. Bichimer

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Raymond A. Bichimer Obituary
Bichimer, Raymond A.
1933 - 2017
Raymond A. Bichimer, 83, of Belleair, FL, and Columbus, OH, died Friday, October 13, 2017, at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 30, 1933, in Cleveland, OH, to the late Charles and Jeanette (Coorlas) Bichimer. Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Nancy (Doersam); along with daughters, Cindy (Don) Currie of Belleair, Kae (Mike) Sobczyk of Findlay, OH, Barb (Jim) Groner of Gahanna, OH; and son, Mike (Debbie) Bichimer of Largo, FL; 10 grandchildren, Nicole (Troy) Caldwell, Jason and Ben Currie; Jessica (Jared) Bulosan, Dr. Kathryn Sobczyk; Steven and Meg Bichimer; Jeremy, Allie and Becca Groner, and two great-grandsons, Carter and Ethan Bulosan. Also surviving are sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bickimer; sister- and brother-in-law, Jean and Hal Ridenour; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Charles Bickimer, and a sister and brother-in-law Jane and Bernie Setlak. A businessman and attorney, Ray was a founding partner and retired president of Means, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co., L.P.A., Columbus, OH. He was a member of both the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was owner/operator of several Florida shopping centers. Ray earned his undergraduate and Juris Doctor of Law degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus. A member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and an inductee into its alumni Hall of Fame, Ray served in many volunteer capacities, including being the fraternity's national president from 1983-1985. An avid OSU fan, Ray was a member of its Buckeye Club. In addition to being a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, Ray also enjoyed golfing and traveling with his family and friends. He was a past president of both the Columbus Country Club and Belleair Country Club; vice president and member of the University Club of Columbus board of directors, and member of Athletic Club of Columbus. Ray enjoyed his life membership in the Columbus Jaycees where he was local president and named Jaycees International Senator. He was honored as one of the Outstanding Young Men of Columbus in 1965. Ray was general chairman of the Columbus Day USA Celebration in 1969, and former chairman of the board and president of the Columbus Day USA Association. "Mr. Bic" enjoyed his involvement with advisory and athletic activities at Christ the King Elementary School and Bishop Hartley High School, especially his years as sports announcer for football and basketball for the Hartley Hawks. Above all, the greatest joys in Ray's life were his beloved wife, Nancy, his family, and the times they spent together. He was a parishioner of Saint Catharine of Sienna Catholic Church, and Saint Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, FL. Ray was a member and served as a former president of the Advisory Board of the Columbus Catholic Social Services Agency. A Memorial Mass will be held 11 am Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Catharine of Sienna Catholic Church, 500 S. Gould Rd, Columbus, OH 43209 with Fr. Daniel Dury, Celebrant. The family will receive friends at a reception at Columbus Country Club immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catharine of Sienna Catholic Church, 500 S. Gould Rd., Columbus, OH 43209; Bishop Hartley High School, 1285 Zettler Rd, Columbus, OH 43227; Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar Rd., Golf, IL 60029, or a . Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 18, 2017
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