Raymond “Pete” Jesse Heintschel, 87, of Assumption, Ohio, entered into eternal rest at his home on January 9, 2022. Ray was born on June 21, 1934 to Leo and Pearl (Mominee) Heintschel, the 5th of 11 children . He grew up on the family farm on York Street in East Toledo, Ohio, with his 10 siblings. He attended Holy Rosary for elementary school before graduating from Clay High School in 1952. While at Clay, he excelled on the grill. A 4-year-old starter, he was elected twice in all conferences and served as co-captain helping lead Clay to (2) undefeated championship seasons. He was later honored in 1989 with induction into the Clay High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
After high school, Ray began working with the Bostwick-Braun Company before moving into the construction industry, where he spent the rest of his career before finally retiring from the Northwestern Concrete Wall Company in 1997. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18, which had recently recognized him as a life member.
While building was his trade, farming was in his blood. From his early childhood until his last harvest last fall, Ray has never been happier than when he was working the land. He was proud to be a small family farmer and was delighted to know that the family tradition would be carried on by his sons.
Growing up, Ray loved playing in the men’s summer softball league. He was a very accomplished bowler, having spent decades competing in men’s and mixed leagues. It was while bowling that Ray finally met Marilyn Simon, his future partner and beloved wife of nearly 63 years. They would marry on May 9, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption, Ohio. Ray would remain a faithful member of St. Mary’s/Holy Trinity Catholic Parish for over 6 decades.
Ray and Marilyn will eventually raise a family of 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Family was and will continue to be everything to them both. Although he moved from the east side of Toledo to the cornfields of Fulton County to be closer to Marilyn’s family, he remained close to his siblings and their children. The Heintschels used to host family barbecue chicken potlucks on the farm that are all fondly remembered today.
Ray served on the local Evergreen School Board for 9 years and served as Board Chair for the last few years of his tenure. He always enjoyed a good game of cards, especially Euchre, with close friends in the neighborhood. Additionally, although not an avid golfer, he recorded a hole-in-one to his name in 1994.
In retirement, Ray used his talents to restore nearly 20 vintage Allis-Chalmers tractors. What started as a hobby turned into a passion and kept him busy all year round. He eventually joined the Heritage Farmers Antique Tractor Pullers Club and spent many of his summer weekends competing against his colleagues, when he was not exhibiting his Orange collection at various tractor shows.
But even her favorite hobby eventually took a back seat once her grandchildren became old enough to start playing sports and participating in extracurricular activities. He and Marilyn could cheer them on and support them at almost any sporting event, whatever the weather. His
his grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he would gush just about anyone, including the unknown servers at many restaurants, about their accomplishments, big or small.
Ray was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Pearl; his brother William; and her sisters, Carol, Jean (Rettenberger), Elizabeth (Beham) and Esther (Hornstein). Ray is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Simon) Heintschel; his children, Laurie (Gerald) Sedlacek of Blissfield, MI; Gary (Michele) Heintschel of Metamora, OH; Joan (Nicholas) Rubel of Assumption, OH and Eric (Stacy) Heintschel of Charlotte, NC; his grandchildren, Mikayla and Grace Heintschel; Taylor, Shayne, Benjamin, Ryan, Hannah and Noah Rubel; and Katherine, Brady, and Madison Heintschel; his sisters, Janet (Jim) Wlodarz, Delores Shumsky, Margaret Stoner and Theresa Ivan; his brother, Gerald (Sandee Everhart) Heintschel; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday, January 17 from 3-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, where a wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Christian funeral mass will be held Tuesday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where tours will take place one hour prior. Prof. Michael Dandurand will chair. Interment will follow at Sainte-Marie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic School.
Published by The Blade on January 16, 2022.