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Ray Underwood
Ray UnderwoodDeer HuntingRay Underwood, 68, of New Bloomington, died peacefully Wednesday morning July 29, 2020 at his home following an extended battle with cancer.

Orville Raymond Underwood was born March 27, 1952 in Mt. Gilead to the late Oliver Raymond and Hazel (Pierce) Underwood.

Ray was retired as a Branch Manager of the Central Ohio Farmers Co-Op, working out of the New Bloomington location.

The true guiding force in Ray's life was his devotion to his family. For over 40 years, as an avid outdoorsman, he looked forward to his yearly hunting trips while spending time away with his son and his niece and nephew: June and John Casterline

Surviving is his wife, Debra Ann (Smith) Underwood, they were married December 28, 1974 in Cardington, also surviving are their children: Ardena P. Underwood of New Bloomington and Dwight R. Underwood of Kenton
Grandchildren: Alivia R. (Brandon) Christian and Carson R. Underwood
Great grandchildren: Avery R., Leroy R. and Avalynn R. Christian

Siblings: William Simmers, Lucille Gregory, Anna Gomph, Edward Wilds, Marshal Wilds, John Underwood and Martha Underwood

Public Graveside services (everyone is welcome) will be held Monday August 3, 2020 at 11:00 am at the LaRue Cemetery, Celebrant Hayden Stofcheck will officiate. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue.

Memorial gifts may be made to OhioHealth Hospice 1716 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd. Suite 107, Marion, OH 43302

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Jennifer Conley
Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM

I'm so sorry Ardena....many many prayers for you and your family.

#2 from: Sherry Morrison
St Louis MO
Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Deb, Ardena, and Dwight,

I'm saddened to hear that Ray has passed. I know he was a loving husband and dad.I also know he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope all of the great memories that you have help your heart to heal.

Much Love,
Sherry Snyder Morrison

#3 from: Vivian Harris
Liberty, TX
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 9:50 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Hopefully the happy memories will carry you till you meet again❤️

#4 from: Donna Gompf Fridley
Marysville, Oh
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:31 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. I remember how my brothers and sister use to go to Grandma Underwoods on the weekends to play with Bill and Raymond. I never realized till I was much older that my mom had kids close to the same ages as her half brothers. We would play tag by the porch light out front of the house while waiting for Mom to get ready to leave to go home. We rode Bills motorcycle, we played hide and seek. When they came to visit us, we all played basketball in front of our metal shed and rode our ponies. We lost touch once we got our own families. Bless you all and I'll be praying for your family during this trying time.  I am handicapped and can only get around in a power wheelchair now and too difficult to load and unload it to go anywhere so I will not be able to attend but my thoughts will be with all of you.

#5 from: Mary Lee
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:39 AM

So sorry to hear of the illness and passing of Ray. I worked with him many many years ago at the Green Camp Elevator and was not surprised to read that he managed the New Bloomington plant. He was a good worker and very kind. My condolence to the family.

#6 from: Marlene Radel
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:45 PM

My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the family. I graduated with Ray in 1970. Marlene (Cobourn) Radel

#7 from: Sharon Collmer
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 11:04 AM

To the Underwood family. So sorry for your loss. I graduated with Ray in 1970 from Cardington High School. U r inmy prayers. Sharon(Morris) Collmer.

#8 from: Betty Stanforth
Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 5:41 PM

So very sorry to hear this.  I worked with Ray at the New Bloomington branch.  My condolences to Deb and Family.

#9 from: Dixon Randy
Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 8:03 PM

I’m so sorry for the loss of Ray

You an your family will be my thoughts and prayers.


#10 from: Billie jo
Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 6:12 PM

Glad I got to be part of the he family and meet a great man!
Thinking of you all during this time !!

#11 from: Shannah RN
Ohiohealth home care
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 10:37 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. In the time i got to spend with him while taking care of him was one of the bright spots of my day. My God bring you comfort and strength.

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