Raymond J. Johantgen Jr., age 88, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Wellsville, NY.
Raymond was born March 28, 1932 in Dansville, a son of Raymond & Beulah (Welch) Johantgen Sr. He left school in the eighth grade and went to work. He joined the US Army on September 4, 1952 and served in the Korean War. He was discharged on August 17, 1954. He received a Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He was employed at Foster Wheeler Corp. in 1954; and retired after 44 years of dedicated service in March 1996. He married Carol Farrell on July 2, 1966 and celebrated over 54 years of marriage. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Emerson.
He was a former member of the Ossian Fire Dept., a life member of the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 and a life member of the NRA.
He was known as the man who carried a picnic basket to work. He was a very strong willed and caring man and spent his life caring for his family and anyone else who needed a hand. He would help anyone that needed help and he never expected any accolades for helping. He would cut & split wood to heat his home, until they moved to a smaller home. He enjoyed deer hunting, he was an avid motorcycle rider; and in his earlier years competitively competed at hill climbs and cross country racing. He also helped prepare the 1st Poags Hole Hill Climb.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; his children, Dennis Johantgen, Susan Johantgen, Dean Johantgen, Sandra Bettis and Sherry (Robert) Mott; his grandchildren, Nathan Mott (fiancé) Andrea Callahan, Brandon Mott, Brittany Bettis and Rachael Blum; his brother Ardeen (Alice) Johantgen; many nieces, nephews & cousins.
Friends may call 11am-1pm & 5-7pm Thursday at the Chamberlin – Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville. "Face masks and social distancing will be observed." A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am, Friday at St. Mary's Church, Elizabeth St., Dansville. Burial with full military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville.
Contributions may be made to the Daniel Goho American Legion Post # 87, 34 Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY 14437.