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Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 05:36 pm

RAYMOND EDWARD OHL

July 23, 1928 – Jan 2, 2010

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Raymond Edward Ohl was born July 23, 1928, in Parkersburg, W. Va. Dad served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Robert H. Smith, and was awarded several medals for his efforts of which we were all very proud.

He married Eulalia DuBeck Oct. 14, 1950, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption.

Of that union was born seven children, one son and six daughters (myself being the oldest). Of their unions came 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Dad’s talents included being a wonderful husband and father, pitching AAA softball in San Diego, Calif., coaching and managing Little League and Pony League teams, and Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for several years, all in Assumption. As the children of these teams and packs became adults, they expressed their gratitude and respect for him.

Dad’s nature was simple. He didn’t care what walk of life you came from, rich or poor, naughty or nice. I’m sure he helped many a child along their way. My dad worked 40 years at Wagner Castings, and carried extra jobs, like janitorial and yard work, but always found time for what he loved most, his family.

He loved the St. Louis Cardinals (a lot). He trapped, hunted, fished and loved walking the trails looking for mushrooms. Dad assisted with the Assumption and Christian County queen pageants for years. He was an intelligent and beautiful gardener. He constructed a special rose garden for his wife of almost 60 years. I believe my dad left behind his openheartedness for all to cherish.

My dad passed away Jan. 2. An era in my life ends as does 2010. He is and will always be the special love I lost.

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