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Raymond Manson

January 18, 1926 — February 5, 2024

Raymond J. Manson, a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather peacefully passed away on February 5, 2024, at the age of 98. He was born on January 18, 1926, in Piqua, Ohio, to his late parents, Raymond L. and Ada (Jackson) Manson.

In 1943, during World War II and at the age of seventeen, Ray joined the Navy. He proudly donned the uniform, serving his country aboard LST 598 as a Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class.

Ray's career at the National Cash Register (NCR) in Dayton, Ohio lasted for 30 years. It was at NCR that he met the love of his life. He married his beloved Wilma E. Ball on March 20, 1947, and together they built a life filled with love, joy, and cherished memories. Unfortunately, Wilma passed away in 1978, leaving a void that Ray carried in his heart for the remainder of his days.

Ray's dedication to youth development led him to serve as a Cub Scout Leader of Pack 167 and then a Boy Scout Leader of Troup 167 teaching life skills that would leave a lasting impact on their lives.

Ray enjoyed his retirement spending time boating, fishing, and embracing the tranquility of lake life at Grand Lake St Marys.

Ray is survived by his only son, Michael Shane Manson, and daughter-in-law Jennifer McFarland Manson of Van Wert. His sister, Mary Lou Dean of Augusta, GA. His grandchildren, Christopher (Casey) Manson of Van Wert and Shannon Edwards of Toledo. His great-grandchildren, Connor Manson, Greyson Edwards, Vincent, and Elizabeth Manson, will forever carry his legacy in their hearts.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by his sisters, Rosalie Apple and Betty Miller, along with his companion, Betty Belden, who brought happiness into his later years.

A graveside service will be held on March 10th, 2024 at the Fletcher Cemetery in Fletcher, Ohio, East of Piqua Ohio at 2:00 pm. Then a celebration of life will be held on the same afternoon at the Piqua, Ohio VFW, located at 8756 N County Rd 25A at 3:00 pm.

In place of flowers, and to memorialize Ray's love of Scouting, please find a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Girl Scout troop in your area and donate in his name.

Friends and loved ones are invited to extend their condolences and share their fondest memories of Ray's online memorial. Please visit www.alspachgearhart.com. Arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.

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