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  • The Gideons International
    P.O. Box 11
    Celina, OH 45822

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“I will always remember his voice, his talent and the little twinkle in his eye... My thoughts are with you all at this time of such profound loss. ...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Teresa Wakefield - Indiahoma, OK

“Dear Dawn and family. Our deepest sympathies to you. We did not know of Ray's passing until tonight (Friday). Our hearts go out to you. Our prayers...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Jan and Gary Miesse - Celina, OH

“Dawn & Family- The Lakeland Class of 1976 sends our deepest sympathy for our fellow classmate. Ray was a good man & friend to many. His sense of...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Hopper Miller - LaGrange, IN

“Dear Dawn & family, We want to express our sincere sympathy at your loss of Ray. We are so sorry for you and want you to know that we are praying...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Bill & Karla Rieth - Goshen, IN

“Cara and family, My heart is with you as you go thru this really hard time. My God and family give you comfort and peace. Know that you are in my...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Cynthia Johnson - Belton, MO

“In thought and prayer. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: roberta knox - edwardsburg, MI

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7 of 24 | Posted by: roberta knox - edwardsburg, MI

“Dear Dawn and family, We were so shocked to hear of Ray's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Only God can bring you the comfort you...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Vic and Barbara Reffey

“So many great times with Ray. His wit, laughter and kindness all made an indelible difference in my life - as I remember Ray, I will always smile...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Rusti Owens - Lansing, MI

“Darrell and I were shocked to hear of Ray's sudden home-going. We are praying for the entire family during this difficult time. Ray was a great guy...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Yvonne Menzer - Sheboygan, WI

“Dawn & family - so sorry for your lose. I knew Ray back in LaGrange when I was lucky to be a cast member with him in many summer musicals. He was a...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Jane Hodge-Feller - Wolcottville, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Ray's family during this difficult time. He was a very fun loving guy. I will cherish the memories from...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Gretchen Brown Drexler - FL

“Please know that your family is and will be in our prayers. ...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Kandi & Jeff Smith - Florence, SC

“I knew Ray from way back when I was a child doing summer musicals in Lagrange. Even though I was just a child, he's one of the people I always...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Kelly (Gore) Dunn - Waterloo, IN

“Dawn and family - we are so sorry for your loss. We are praying God will comfort all of you during this very difficult time. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Doug and Rhonda Dwyer & family - OH

“Sending love and prayers to the entire family. Ray was such a great guy who loved so deeply. You are in our prayers as we ask God to carry you...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Rhonda Yates Gillman - KY

“To Brad,Cara,& Natalie...our deepest condolences and continual prayers through these days. May His peace be with you and your family. We love you! ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Ken and Joanna Schubert

“To Brad,Cara,& Natalie...our deepest deepest condolences and continual prayers through these days. May His peace be with you and your family. We love...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Ken and Joanna Schubert

“We will miss rest in peace ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin medley - shelbyville, KY

“Dear Dawn and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for you! God is ALL comfort! ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Jon and Michele Brockert - Elida, OH

“Dawn & Family, We want to extend our sympathies to you. Know that we are praying for you during this time of grief. May the peace of God fill your...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff & Melinda Smith - Ada, OH

“Dawn and Family, We were saddened to hear of Ray's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God's peace and comfort be with...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Deborah Smith - Lima, OH

“Dawn & Family, We are so sorry to hear of Ray's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for the comfort only He can give. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Eric & Caren Miglin Family - OH

“Our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Powells' Ron, Pam, Matthew & Miriam ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Ron & Pam Powell & Family - OH


Ray Yates, age 56 of Celina, Ohio passed away at 3:38p.m. on Sunday May 31, 2015 at the Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana. He was born on Sept. 21, 1958 in Shelbyville, KY to J. Wilbur Yates of Auburn, IN and the late Virginia (Wakefield) Yates. On June 21, 1997 he married Dawn Stiverson, who survives in Celina. Also surviving are his children; Matthew Douglas of South Bend, IN, Craig & Rachel Yates of Virginia, Cara & Brad Kelley of Belton, Missouri, Teelier & Dan Wilson of W. Lafayette, IN, Miriah Wentz of Celina, Misty Powers of Celina, Clay Yates of Celina, six grandchildren Natalie Kelley, Angeline Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Audrie Yates, Emilie Yates, Eli Yates, sister & brother-in-law Kimberlee &Jason Powell of Granger, IN and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his step- daughter Onna Feece and two infant brothers Mark Yates and David Yates. Ray graduated from Lakeland High School with the class 1976 and attended Ivy Tech in Ft. Wayne and Glenn Oaks College in Michigan. He was employed at Fanning Howey Associates in Celina as a Auto-CAD Technician. He worked in the field of drafting for 39 years. He attended the Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. Ray was a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. As a loyal Colts and Notre Dame fan Ray always looked forward to football season. Following high school he enjoyed performing in summer musical productions often having lead roles. He continued to perform for church and community events. Ray had a wonderful sense of humor that will be missed by all. Funeral services will be held at 11:00a.m. on Thursday June 4,2015 at the Grace Missionary Church in Celina, with Rev. Bruce Head officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn, IN at 3:30. Friends may call from 2-4 &6-8p.m. on Wednesday at the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina and 1 hour before services on Thursday at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon International. On-Line condolences
may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.