During World War II, Ray served in the U.S. Army and was sent to England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Fascinated by seeing the home of his ancestors, he planned to return to Germany some day under peaceful circumstances. After retirement in 1982, Ray returned to Europe to all those countries he’d seen during the war. In addition, he toured Ireland, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein during various trips.
Ray was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, the American Legion Post 88 and the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 944. We thank all those who cared for him, prayed for and loved him throughout his lifetime, especially his loving wife and best friend — Janell. We will all remember him fondly with respect for the kind and gentle man he was, as well as for the generosity he provided so freely to family, friends and those in need.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Ditzler and Sarah Ann Cowser; his four sisters, Edna Graves, Ola Sherbon, Dolly Dixon and Ruth Jones; the mother of his children; and two of his sons, Ramon Ditzler and Ron Ditzler.
He is survived by his loving wife Janell; his daughters, Donna Crandell and Darlene and Curtis Swim; his son, Gil Ditzler; and stepsons Eddy and Don Summers; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
His name and reputation are evident in the work he accomplished and by the many men he trained for their careers. His Faith, honorable military service during World War II and his dedication to American traditions and values live on in his descendants. He earned the title of Mister, but was more comfortable with the word — friend. Ray Ditzler will live on in our hearts and memory — forever.
Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012