Ray W. Gineman
Ray W. Gineman, 66, of Defiance, Ohio passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Flower Hospital, Sylvania, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on July 1, 1951 to Alonzo and Eva (Coressel) Gineman of Defiance. Ray honorably served his country from September 11, 1972 to March 13, 1977 in the Army National Guard. On May 31, 2003 he married Garna "Goose" Gilliland who survives. Ray retired in 2009 from United Telephone-Sprint as a Fiber Splicer. Ray was proud to live in the same home for over 64 years in Defiance.
Ray was a loving and wise man. He was a jack of all trades but a master of none. He worked hard and helped anyone in need. Ray was mostly known for his hilariously, inappropriate sense of humor and jokes. He enjoyed celebrating his children's wedding anniversaries by sending them sympathy cards in the mail. He was an avid golf player and would spend countless hours at the Country Acres Golf Course of Kalida. According to Ray, the guaranteed way to the greatest golf game is to drink between 2 and 22 beers for the best accuracy.
Ray loved playing KENO and drinking Loma Linda's Margaritas, on the rocks with salt. He hated that there was a four drink limit and often tried to sneak an extra or two. He enjoyed Skeet Shooting and tinkering. He made clocks and worked on other small projects, getting ideas from the television and the internet. Once, Ray took a weed eater motor and attached it to a recliner and made a motorized chair that he rode around the streets of Defiance. Ray was always good for a laugh.
He was a member of the Amvets Post 1991 of Defiance, Defiance VFW Post 3360, the New Bavaria American Legion Post 8847, and the Defiance 4-Wheel Drive Club. He was known for his famous angel food cake and prime rib. Ray loved cheering for the Cleveland Browns. He was known for screaming at the television every time they were playing. Much to his family's dismay, Ray made sure he rooted for any team that was playing against Ohio State. Out of all of the things Ray enjoyed, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandsons who he constantly spoiled with peanut M&Ms.
Ray had more friends then he will ever know and will be dearly missed by every one of them. Garna and Ray's family would like to send their sincere thanks to Gary Omich and Kat Phillips for all of their help and support during Ray's illness.
Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Garna Gineman; children, Angela Gineman, Mike (Janet) Gineman and Adam Gineman; three grandchildren, Michael, Ivan and Arlo Ray Gineman; sister, Hilda Walters and brothers, Fred and Mark Gineman. Ray is also survived by his best friend, Gary Omich. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, sister, Anne Barteck and his nephew, Alan Walters.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held in Ray's memory on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Defiance Amvets Post 1991 (1795 Spruce St. 43512) from 1pm to 5pm. Memorial donations in Ray's memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. The family is under the care of Snyder-Wesche-Hoening Funeral Home of Napoleon.
As Ray would say, "The Goose is loose and Ray ain't right...GO BROWNS!!!!"