Raymond Joseph Barman, born on April 9, 1925, in Monroeville to Roman Alfred and Elianore Katherine (Martin) Barman, passed away June 27, 2023 at Commons of Providence Memory Care Unit after a brief illness.
In June of 1942 Ray enlisted in the US Navy. After training in Great Lakes, IL he was assigned onboard the USS LST 467 out of Camp Bradford in Norfolk, VA. He was honorably discharged in February 1946 as a Quartermaster First Class receiving the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and American Area Medal.
Ray and his wife, Mary (Peadon) of Norwalk, were married November 9, 1946, and a year later moved to Sandusky and joined Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Raymond was a loving husband and father to their four children.
In 1948 he began working at The Manhattan Clothing Company (currently J Bistro) as a stockboy. Earning many advancements over the years in early 1960 he became owner of the company. In the mid 60’s the store was relocated to 238 Columbus Ave. (currently the Columbus Avenue Lofts). Over the next few years, he also opened storefronts in the Sandusky Mall and Tiffin Mall.
After closing The Manhattan he continued his career as a haberdasher and worked at Lindsley’s Men’s Wear in Huron for several years. After hanging up his hat at Lindsley’s he drove for Kasper Buick until 2014 at age 89.
By the age of 83 Ray had donated more than 21 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He had been active in a variety of service organizations including the Exchange Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Downtown Merchants Association. He volunteered as a poll worker for the Erie County Board of Elections for many years and had been an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
In his spare time, he was an avid reader, enjoyed being with his family, traveling with Mary, working in the yard, bike riding, and swimming.
Ray will be sorely missed by his daughters, Karen Fuller, Kathy (Robin) Werner of Sandusky, Krista (Michael) Kolinko of Castalia, and son Kim (Anne) Barman of Sandusky; grandchildren, Sherry Popke, Elizabeth Charville Heyer (Geoff), Brett Charville, Brittany Werner Ward (William), Carly Bard Pflieger (Kelly), Cody Bard Weldy (CJ), Kate Barman, and Molly Barman Bostic (Sean); great grandchildren, Grant and Evelyn Heyer, Amelia Ward, Violet Roth, Jensen Pflieger and Nora Bostic, and his furbaby grandaughter Bailey; sister-in-law Eileen Barman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary in 2014, his siblings Marcella Pheiffer and her husband, Edward, Alvin and his wife Helen, and Gilbert and sister-in-law Betty Barman.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Prayers will be recited Thursday morning, July 6, at 9:40 am at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass at 10:00 am at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Deacon Bill Burch officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Norwalk. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #83 and the VFW Post # 2529.
A special thank you to the staff at Commons of Providence Memory Care Unit and Southern Care Hospice for their care and compassion over the past several months.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to the American Red Cross, 404 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Ray’s family at davidfkoch.com.