Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Raymond E. Garrett, Sr.

Raymond E. Garrett, Sr., of Shelby, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital at the age of 78.

Raymond was born on September 20, 1941 in Shiloh, Ohio to the late Herman and Mabel (Dreier) Garrett. He was a 1960 graduate of Plymouth High School. After graduation, Ray joined the United States Air Force and was an immensely proud Airman, serving from 1960 to 1964. After his service, Ray returned to Shelby and worked at ArcelorMittal (formally known as Ohio Steel Tube) for 38 years.

In his free time, Ray’s hobbies were not limited to fishing, spending time with his grandkids, playing Sudoku, learning and discussing history, and any good conversation over a cup of coffee at McDonalds with many friends. Until more recent years, Ray attended Sunday services at Trinity United Methodist Church to hear the word of God from former pastor, Rev. Dr. Edna Stahl.

Raymond’s family would like to express sincere gratitude and thanks to Homecare Matters for the exceptional care given to this incredibly special man in their lives. Ray always expressed a special liking to his aides: Tera, Betty, Celeste, Sharon, and Ashley. They would also like to thank Dr. Chawla and his wonderful staff.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diana R. (Vorndran) Garrett, whom he wed on December 1, 1962. Also surviving are his children: Rhonda (Alan) Terhune of Norris, TN and Raymond E. (Pam) Garrett, Jr. of New Washington; 4 grandchildren: Ashley (Ryan) Bradley, Courtney Garrett, Brandon Miller, and Daniel Garrett; 4 great-grandchildren: James Matlock, Nathan Matlock, Nolan Bradley, Harlyn Garrett, and one expected in August: Leighton Garrett; sister: Delores (Roger) Estes of Lima; and special nephew and his wife: Bryan and Stacey Brown, who held a special place in his heart; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by two sisters: Marilyn Shoup and Janice Brown.

Friends and family are welcome on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 11 am–2 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare Matters Home Health and Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Raymond’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Shirley Fagan says:

    Diane, so sorry to see Rays passing, sending blessings to you and family.

  2. Vanessa (Fagan) Kurtz says:

    So sorry for your loss! Rest In Peace Ray.

  3. Shirley Kinney says:

    Our heartfelt prayers and condolences for your family Ray. Your smile and laughter will be forever missed. God Speed.

  4. Megan says:

    We will all miss Uncle Ray. He always brought light and laughter to the family, it is so hard to lose someone who means so much to you. ❤️

  5. Bryan Brown says:

    My deepest condolences to all the family he was a very special man and will be missed by many

  6. Barbara Cole Strine says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the whole family!! He had been such a great friend to my daddy for many years and when my daddy passed in 2006 my life was forever changed. Then when Raymond became friends on FB I seen what a great friend he was as he became my friend on FB along with my daughter and my hubby!! I will always always cherish that friendship we had on there!! Fish on Ray in Heaven with my daddy now and please give both my parents a hug and kiss!! When my Mama died 8 1/2 mths ago he would send encouraging words for us!! Til we meet again my dear sweet friend;)) xo BARB & BRETT STRINE & ASHLEY FINNEY

  7. Andrea Follenius says:

    So very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing!! Our hearts & thoughts go out to Diane & her family at this sorrowful time!! Sending our love!

    Sincere Condolences,
    Andrea, Kevin, & Keller Follenius

  8. Mary Christie says:

    Ray was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He will be forever missed. ❤️

  9. Paul and Debbie Daiber says:

    You have our deepest condolences of losing your kind-hearted, loving, amazing, wonderful Christian man! If there is anything we can do for you, Diane and family, please let Paul and I know! We love you! Big Ray always loved to torment me with “Charlie”!

    Revelation 21:4
    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

  10. Pat Keen says:

    I remember how Ray came to Heritage Care Center when I worked there to see his dad. It was not easy for him as he had difficulty getting around but he came often and his grandson came and played the piano also.

    Enjoyed talking to Ray on the phone different times as he was one of our Indoor Friends at Trinity UMC. My thoughts and prayers with all the family.


  11. Audree Estes says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing. I have memories of Uncle Raymond with my cousin Dawn Estes. May God Bless you!

  12. Barb Joyce Donna Marcia Naomi Marietta says:

    Diane and Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Ray. Our sympathy and condolences to you and your family. We will all miss him at morning McDonalds.

  13. Carol A Bernhardt says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Raymond. I enjoyed talking to him when he came to our class of ’60 lunches. I am thinking about you. Take care.

  14. Joyce A Hughes says:

    Dear Family, when your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help you find your smile. I remember how much fun we (neighborhood kids in Shiloh) had sleding and playing on the Hill with Raymound. Joyce (Harnly) Hughes

  15. Barbara Eakins says:

    Diana, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, we send our sincere sympathy to all of you. Ray was a busy man and lived life to the full. We know that all who loved him will miss him greatly.

    Jim and Barb Eakins

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