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Raymond A. Walter

Raymond A. Walter, 73, lifelong resident of Swanton, Ohio, passed away
peacefully, Friday, July 29, 2022, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo,
following a long and hard fought battle with cancer. He was born March 18,
1949 in Toledo, Ohio to Raymond H. and Imogene “Midge” Coon-Spotts-Walter. Raymond was a 1967 graduate of Swanton High School, and married Darlene “Dar” Lantz on December 13, 1980, whom he met on a blind date.

Raymond was very involved in the Swanton Community. He started out working as a meat cutter at several places in the area, and was eventually hired by Ed McNeill of McNeill Chevrolet in Swanton as a car salesman. Raymond was a member of Swanton Rotary and served on Swanton Village Council for 12 years, until taking on the job as Director of Public Services. After retirement from the Village, he went to work for his friend and drummer, John Luce, at Luce’s Chimney doing scheduling and sales.

Raymond had a love for horses since he was a kid riding to Oak Openings for the day with friends. Later he and Dar would trailer their horses to Oak Openings until his health prohibited it. Raymond played bass guitar in several Rock and Roll bands since high school. He had the pleasure of playing with many talented musicians who became lifelong friends. He finished out his last 9 years as a musician playing rock duo with his son, Adam.

Raymond will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 41 years,
Dar; sons, Douglas (Jennifer) Walter and Adam Walter; beloved grandson,
Gibson, sister, Nancy (David) Emerson of Boulder, CO; brother, Melvin
(Donna) Spotts of Carp Lake, MI; his uncle, Glenn (Beverly) Coon of Tucson, AZ; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Thank you to the wonderful and caring nurses at Hospice of
Northwest Ohio, especially Lisa and Erica.

Services for Raymond at Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton will be held Thursday, August 4th, and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Swanton
Public Library or Swanton Rotary.

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A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Walter

Gloria Smith Aug 12 2022 2:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Walter

Joe Gombash and Family Aug 9 2022 9:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Walter

Terry and Lu Fleck Aug 7 2022 4:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Walter

Jean Brodbeck Rahm Aug 6 2022 1:09 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

Gloria Smith Aug 5 2022 9:32 AM

Ray was always kind, welcoming, and it goes without saying talented. Ray is probably one of the most talented guitar players I've ever met. Growing up as neighbors I'd listen to his band practice and later I would take guitar lessons with Adam. While waiting for Adam to arrive, Ray and Dar were always so nice. Occasionally I'd get the joy of hearing both Ray and Adam play together. My sympathy to the family, rest in peace Ray.

Chaz Schmidt Aug 4 2022 2:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Walter

Joel Babcock Aug 3 2022 1:22 AM

Oh, my heart! There was a special spot there for Ray. Even though we only went to school together for two years, what an impact Ray made on me as I went to hear his band practice while we were still in high school. I guess you could say I was a "band groupie" before I even was aware that was a thing. When we reconnected during the SHS reunion planning committee meetings, it was as though we had no gap in our friendship. His positivity, inclusivity and kindness was always shining through. I had been looking forward to seeing Ray again this year, but God had other plans. I sure hope Ray saves me a seat in the front row of his new "Angel Band" as I will always be a fan of this extremely talented musician and a bigger fan of the person Ray has been his entire life. Life just lost one of our brightest stars.

MaryLou VanAusdale Aug 1 2022 6:00 PM

Dar, Doug and Adam,

Mona and I are saddened by the loss of Raymond.

I have many, many memories of the great times we had from the first time we met through graduation from good old SHS We were always assigned seats next to each other every year. Needless to say, we played numerous pranks on one another.

Then there were the days at Swanton Super Valu. Even more pranks! There was also a time when Ray and I talked about buying motorcycles and riding to Colorado. That would have been a very rough ride on Honda 250s. If you watched the movie "Wild Hogs", two of those guys could have been us. I also rode horses with Ray. I would ride to his house then we would ride to Oak Openings picking up friends along the way. Unfortunately, we drifted apart but I believe we will be friends forever.

Dar and boys, please know that you will be in our thoughts under these difficult times. God Bless you and give you peace!

Phil and Mona Witker Aug 1 2022 3:33 PM

Dar: A great shock to me to see that Ray has passed. Working with him at the Village was a distinct pleasure, and although we always tried to convince him to stay here forever to work, I knew he had other plans. He always spoke of you and the family with such love that I always hoped that my marriage would turn out to be as great as his. He was a true inspiration to all around him, and we still bring him up in conversation around here sometimes and say "wish Ray was here, he would know the answer". What a terrific man and mentor. I know you will have tons of memories and smiles to remember, and that they will keep Ray in your hears forever. My best to you and your family. We will miss him deeply !

Mary (Lambert) Smith Aug 1 2022 10:27 AM

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