Raymond H. “PeeWee” England, 77, of Nevada, passed away suddenly at this home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.
Ray was born in Crawford, on Sept. 19, 1945, to the late Francis and Isa Pearl (VanPelt) England. Ray is survived by his wife of 43 years Donna (Leathem) England. They were married on July 16, 1979. Along with his wife, Ray is survived by his children, Paul England of Nevada, Carolyn, Chris and Summer, all of Richwood; grandchildren, Ian “Stormer” (Jessica) England, Hailee England and Cheyenne England; and a great-grandson, Ezra England.
He is also survived by “battle buddy” son-at-heart, Bob Stone; and grandchildren at heart, Breyanna Stone and Gabriella Stone; his “hero,” Stefeni Rowland; “bestest” fishing buddy, Tana Rowland; “littliest fishing buddy,” Krista Rowland; dogs, Charlie Bear and Buddy; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends he loved dearly.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; youngest daughter, Samantha England; as well as his siblings, Charles, Roy, Lee, Dennis, Larry, Jimmy, Rodger, Vivian, Barbara and Gaynelle.
He was a 1963 graduate of Carey High School. After graduation, Ray joined the United States Navy, where he would serve three years, which included a tour in Vietnam. Ray would later go on to follow in his father’s footsteps and work at National Lime and Stone Plant in Carey and retire from there after 37 years. After retirement, he decided he wanted to work part-time and was able to work on the maintenance crew at Limestone Lake. There he enjoyed drinking coffee with the guys and mowing the lawn.
Ray will be remembered for many things: His love for family and friends, making everyone feel like family, enjoying chatting with everyone and cheering on the “Brownies” Cleveland Browns, his love for Red Sovine music, watching history documentaries and John Wayne movies, fishing, drinking black coffee and eating goulash.
A memorial service for Raymond England will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Steve Sturgeon officiating. Visitation will be held two hours before service time, from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests casual attire for the day.
Memorials may be made to Volunteers of America Veteran Services and can be sent to Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, 476 S. Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky, OH, 43351.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com.
Please accept my condolences. I worked with his father in the ’60’s.