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Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

703 East Main Street, Ravenna, OH

OBITUARY

Raymond "Doc" William Knispel

February 24, 1946January 6, 2020
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Raymond “Doc” William Knispel, age 73 of Edinburg, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born February 24, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents Raymond and Shirley Jean (Gable) Knispel. Ray grew up in Aurora and graduated from Kent State University.

Ray was a proud veteran who passionately supported his country. He honorably served as a Navy Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division in the Vietnam War. Ray later joined the Catholic War Vets and VFW Post 1055, where he served on their Honor Guard.

Ray was a devoted member of St. Peter of the Fields Parish. He retired as a district manager for Alltel. After retirement, Ray worked for the Sheriff Department at the Portage County Jail and later for Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home. He also was a member of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department serving as an advanced EMT.

On September 2, 1967, Ray married Cecilia “Cece” Gannon, and enjoyed over 52 years of marriage. She survives Ray, as well as their children: Raymond D. (Lee) Knispel and Maureen Knispel Cooper, and grandchildren: Ciaran Cooper, Madison Knispel, and Faith Knispel. Ray is also survived by his siblings: Peggy Palider (Norm), Peter (Barbara), Richard Allen (Cathy), Patricia Broski, John, James (Jill), and Deidra Paulk, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received Friday, January 10, 2020, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be celebrated by Reverend David Misbrenner on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Interment with full military honors will take place on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • VFW Post 1055
  • Catholic War Veterans Post 1954

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Interment Monday, January 13, 2020

Memories

Raymond "Doc" William Knispel

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Stacy Palider

January 14, 2020

You truly will be missed by everyone who knew you. My deepest condolences go out to your family who will miss you the most. Gone to soon but never forgotten.

Jerry and Melissa Leonard

January 11, 2020

When Melissa and I initially came to St. Peter's parish, Ray was one of the first members to greet us to this new home/faith community. Echoing so many others who have said Ray has a gentle soul, to us he will always be remembered as a gentleman. Ray will be missed by all who knew him and I know we have a saint in heaven praying for us all before God. To Cece and the rest of the family, know our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always; May God bless each of you with His peace. We will see Ray again, for that I am sure.

Kathy Groner

January 10, 2020

Don't have a memory but we just want Peggy to know that we are thinking of her during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you!

Linda Cingle

January 10, 2020

Ray was my boss at WRTC/ALLTEL and just a wonderful man and a great boss. Always kind and supportive, he cared about the people he worked with and always had our best interests at heart. I've worked for a lot of men since then, but none of them will match Ray's kind heart and humility. I feel very lucky to have known him..such a kind soul. My deepest condolences to his family.

David Ranc

January 10, 2020

Remember the times we laughed and joked; such a dedicated guy; good man; good soldier; he will be missed

Norman Palider

January 10, 2020

This is Ray saying a few words about his mother. https://photos.app.goo.gl/47jJRh4c6oVP6waYA

aNDREW Casciato Sr.

January 10, 2020

Every once and a while someone impacts your life in a way that leaves you feeling good every time you see them. Ray was one of those people who did that to me. One of his gifts was in being able to offer good guidance, and counsel when it was in short supply. His knack of getting me to look at situations, that I found disturbing,and to see them from a different perspective has helped me both in my public and private dealings with people.
You truly are one of my band of brothers and I will greatly miss you.

Curt MacMillan

January 9, 2020

I don't remember when Ray and I weren't friends. We had a lot of fun times. Also we were always there for each other in tough times. I'll miss him. I will always remember him. Curt

Mike Stankiewicz

January 9, 2020

Prayers are with the family.

Marty and Lana Bradley

January 8, 2020

We are truly blessed to have met, and gotten to know Ray. In the 5 years that we have known Ray he was always in good spirits and a true friend. Shared some good times with Ray. Loved working with him on the truck and listening to his stories. He will truly be missed. Couldn't ask for a better man to know, willing to help anyone he knew if they ever needed it. We will Miss you Ray. Our deepest Condolences to Cece, Ray, Maureen and Family. Marty and Lana Bradley

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Biography

Raymond “Doc” William Knispel, age 73 of Edinburg, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born February 24, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents Raymond and Shirley Jean (Gable) Knispel. Ray grew up in Aurora and graduated from Kent State University.

Ray was a proud veteran who passionately supported his country. He honorably served as a Navy Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division in the Vietnam War. Ray later joined the Catholic War Vets and VFW Post 1055, where he served on their Honor Guard.

Ray was a devoted member of St. Peter of the Fields Parish. He retired as a district manager for Alltel. After retirement, Ray worked for the Sheriff Department at the Portage County Jail and later for Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home. He also was a member of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department serving as an advanced EMT.

On September 2, 1967, Ray married Cecilia “Cece” Gannon, and enjoyed over 52 years of marriage. She survives Ray, as well as their children: Raymond D. (Lee) Knispel and Maureen Knispel Cooper, and grandchildren: Ciaran Cooper, Madison Knispel, and Faith Knispel. Ray is also survived by his siblings: Peggy Palider (Norm), Peter (Barbara), Richard Allen (Cathy), Patricia Broski, John, James (Jill), and Deidra Paulk, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received Friday, January 10, 2020, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be celebrated by Reverend David Misbrenner on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Interment with full military honors will take place on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.