Raymond J. Donato

August 13, 1928 - March 17, 2021
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Raymond J. Donato, 92, of Strasburg, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in New Dawn Retirement Centre at Dover.

Born in Dover, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (D’agnone) Donato and a 1946 graduate of Dover High School. Ray enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean …

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Raymond J. Donato, 92, of Strasburg, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in New Dawn Retirement Centre at Dover.

Born in Dover, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (D’agnone) Donato and a 1946 graduate of Dover High School. Ray enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Ray started working for the former Nickel Plate Railroad and retired as a dispatcher after 33 years from Norfolk & Western Railroad.

Ray was a member of the United Methodist Church at Strasburg; the Strasburg American Legion Post 522 and New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marguerite M. (Strauss) Donato of Dover; three daughters, Kathryn (Charles) Dimon of Strasburg, Julia (Mike) Renner of Beach City, Cynthia (Dane) Smith of Strasburg; a son, Daniel (Kathy) Donato of Strasburg; nine grandchildren, Robert, Adam and Phil Renner, Chip and Kristal Dimon, Pierce Smith, Amy, Sara and Mic Donato and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, a great grandson, Reece Dimon; a sister, Dorothy Mason and two brothers, Anthony and Robert Donato are also deceased.

In keeping with Ray’s wishes, a private family graveside service is to be held in Grandview Union Cemetery at Strasburg with Pastor Jason Rissler officiating and where the Strasburg American Legion Post 522, will conduct military honors.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Ray’s honor to the Charles Hofer Post 522, P.O. Box 11, Strasburg, Ohio 44680.

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Service Information

Grandview Union Cemetery

Address:

4288 Dundee Strasburg Rd Nw, STRASBURG, OH, 44680

In keeping with Ray’s wishes, a private family graveside service is to be held when the Strasburg American Legion Post 522 will conduct military honors.


Donation Information

Charles Hofer Post 522

PO Box 11
Strasburg, OH 44680

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Born: August 13, 1928
Died: March 17, 2021

Condolences for Raymond J. Donato

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Gene and Vina Hensel posted on 3/25/21

To Marguerite and family: We are sorry to hear of Ray's passing. We pray for God's peace and comfort to be with you during this time of sorrow. We appreciate our families relationship over the years. May God's Blessing be with you.

 

Mike and Zita Dreher posted on 3/20/21

Cindy, Dane and Pierce - we are so very sorry for your loss.

 

Mary Jo Schrump Sanner posted on 3/19/21

My sincerest thoughts and prayers to all of Ray's family. He was such a good man. I have so many memories of Ray quietly grinning in the background as many stories were being shared. Sending each of you my deepest condolences.

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 3/19/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Raymond J. Donato, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Raymond J. Donato, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Chuck Donato and family. posted on 3/19/21

My sincere condolences.

 

The Shroyer Family posted on 3/19/21

I happened upon Dane the other day in New Philadelphia and thankfully, he brought me up to date on the family. I was disheartened to hear Ray and Marguerite were separated at New Dawn. Growing up, Ray and Marguerite were my parents best friends. Through that relationship we kids naturally grew in friendship. Ray even helped be out of high school obtain employment on the Norfolk and Western Rwy. Co, As did my parents, I too valued his friendship, advice and guidance. Ray now rests in the loving arms or our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To the Donato and Strauss families, you all have our deepest sympathy and condolence.

 

Cathy Spears posted on 3/19/21

Deepest sympathy on your father's passing. Prayers to you and your family. God bless.

 

Maria Bucevac posted on 3/18/21

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless.

 

Evo &Joanne Levi posted on 3/18/21

Sorry for your loss.

 

Judy Penrod posted on 3/18/21

I'm so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Keeping Marguerite and family in prayers. Judy (HHA from Interim was there a few times to help them)

 

Ruth Joyce and Gene Zimmerly posted on 3/18/21

We were so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We remember many visits over holidays and birthdays and the happy times we shared.

 

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