Raymond D. Middaugh, 71, of Point Place-Shoreland area, Toledo, packed his final bags and left us to see our Savior on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. He died peacefully in his home with his family surrounding him after a long and courageous battle with liver and lung cancer. Raymond was born July 14, 1937, at his childhood home on the east side of Toledo to Catherine and Raymond L. Middaugh.
He attended Good Shepard Church for part of his elementary school years along with Franklin Elementary and then graduated at Waite High School. Raymond served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1954-62 with an honorable discharge. While in the reserves, he played the lyre for the Toledo Neptune’s Drum and Bugle Corps (1954-62). Raymond worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company for 36 years (1955-91) where he was a foreman and an assistant manager. During his employment at Ohio Bell, he transferred his family to Sandusky in 1981. In Toledo, he was an active member of Knights of Columbus where he was a treasurer and financial secretary plus a past faithful navigator for the 4th Degree (1973-74). Raymond was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church in 1981 and recently celebrated his 25 year jubilee as a deacon. He was an administrative assistant and a deacon at Sts. Peter and Paul’s parish in Sandusky (1991-2001). When he and his wife Marge moved back to Toledo in 2001, Raymond became active again in parish ministry and as a chaplain. He served our God and His people as a deacon at St. John the Baptist church and in 2004, he became the fire chaplain of the Washington Township Fire Department. He remained in those positions upon his death. Raymond’s final accomplishment was he led the creation of the bereavement ministry program the Diocese of Toledo recently endorsed through a book that he and his bereavement team wrote.
Raymond was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bell (O’Brien) and Howard Curry and Ida Middaugh; his parents, Catherine (Noll) Middaugh, Raymond L. Middaugh; his son, Michael R. Middaugh; and his granddog, Maxine.
Raymond is survived by many family and friends. He leaves behind his devoted and caring wife of 48 years, Marge; daughters, Sue (Charlie) Obee and Jenny Middaugh; grandsons, Nicholas and Jeremy Obee; his granddog, Tessie; Aunt Mildred Lang; many cousins, but his closest cousin who was more like a brother to him, Ronald Kitting and his family; of course he also leaves behind many brothers and sisters that he worked and prayed with at St. Peter’s and Paul Parish in Sandusky, St. John the Baptist Parish in Point Place, Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club, the men and women of the Washington Township Fire Department, and many others who he helped in the various committees that he served on.
Family will receive visitors 5-8 p.m. Monday and 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, North Summit and 124th streets, Toledo; the Washington Township Fire Department Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, and services at 7 p.m. Tuesday will begin with scripture then K of C and concluding with K of C 4th degree Chalice. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Bishop Leonard P. Blair officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the following: St. John the Baptist Church-Capital Improvement Fund, Sts. Peter and Paul’s Parish of Sandusky, Washington Township Fire Department or Hospice of NW Ohio.
David R. Jasin Funeral Home, Inc. 5300 N. Summit St., is assisting the family during this time. Family and friends wishing to express a fond memory, a word of encouragement or a photo may do so at jasinfuneralhome.com.