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314 E Main St
Norwalk, OH 44857
Phone: 419-668-1469

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Raymond J. Rider

Raymond J. Rider, age 84, of Norwalk, died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 12, 1931 in rural Wakeman to the late Charles and Ada (Hainline) Rider.

He attended Clarksfield School and was a 1949 graduate of New London High School. He served in the US Air Force from 1949 until 1952. After returning from the military he started his trucking career as an owner/operator. In 1953 he married Regina White of Olena, and in 1956 moved to Norwalk, where he resided at 12 Huron Street and raised his family. He retired in 1989 after driving three million miles without an accident. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling to visit his sons in California, tinkering with his hands, and enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. He was a life member of the Norwalk VFW Post 2743 and was a member of the Norwalk Eagles Aerie #711 for over 45 years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Regina (White) Rider, of Norwalk whom he married November 28, 1953; children, Vaughan Rider of West Hollywood, CA, Gary Rider of Oceanside, CA, Michael Rider of Norwalk and Lisa Rider of Norwalk; grandchildren, Allen, Michelle and Sean; and a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn; sisters, Evelyn Mayer of New London and Betty Cooke of Ashland; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dana Rider; and a sister, Bonnie Divins.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. A funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00 P.M. in the funeral home with the Rev. Rob Duncan officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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