Ray Witzberger, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
Born in Akron on May 4, 1933, he graduated from Buchtel High School and lived in Akron his entire life. Ray served proudly in the United States Army. He had a long career spanning 40+ years in the plaster industry, specifically with Plasters Local 109. Ray was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles Lodge. He took great pride in his garden and yard, even winning the Mayor’s Beautification Award for landscaping excellence. Ray’s family was his world. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He took immense joy in his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Mayme Witzberger; son, Richard R. Witzberger (2014); grandson, Jeremy A. Witzberger (2016); and brothers and sisters, of which he was the last of the lineage. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara A. Witzberger (Keeling); son, Steven Witzberger; son and daughter in law, Frederick J. Genett and Terri L. Witzberger; grandchildren, Krystal L. Gaines (Witzberger), Justin M. Witzberger, Brandon Gaines, and Lindsey Witzberger; and great-grandchildren, Billy, Brandin, McKenzie, Adalynn, Rowdy, Raylyn, and Sawyer.
Friends and family will be received Friday, February 4th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. Akron (Ellet), Ohio 44312. Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 5th at 10:30 a.m. at New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Rd. Akron, OH 44305 with burial following at Hillside Memorial Park. A reception will be held after burial at New Horizons Christian Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials in Ray’s memory may be made to New Horizons Christian Church. Per family wishes, masks and social distancing will be required for calling hours and the funeral service.