Raymond D. Mendez, 67, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
He was born on August 16, 1946, to Jose and Andrea (Martinez) Mendez in Wauseon, Ohio. On April 29, 1972, he married Wanda (Turner) and she survives.
Raymond was a member of North Mt. Zion Church. He retired from GM Powertrain in 2007, where he was a pattern maker, a safety representative and a committeeman. He also served on the board for MRDD. Raymond enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Wanda; sons, Jason (Cristina) Turner of Defiance and Ramon Mendez II of Defiance; daughter, Sonia (Mason) Scott of Napoleon; grandchildren, Andrea and Marissa Ankney, Alissa Mendez, Emily and Callie Turner, and Ramon, III and Dallas Mendez; brothers, Miguel Mendez of Fort Wayne, Ind., Nicholas (Sherry) Mendez of Cecil, Jose (Nancy) Mendez of Zion, Ill., and David (Connie) Mendez of Ney; sisters, Consuelo Thiel of Hammond, La., Eleanor Estep of Fort Wayne, Ind., Maria (Carl) Fry of Defiance, and Amelia Dunderman of Antwerp.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Samuel, Moises, Josue, Theodore and Crescenso Mendez; and sisters, Mariana Reyes, Ester McHargue, Juana Rodriguez and Atanasia Palacios.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the funeral home, with Rev. Brent Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens.
The family request memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.