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Raymond J. Moody

Raymond J. Moody, 91, residing in Huron, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Parkvue Health Care Center after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's which eventually won the war.

Raymond was born on May 16, 1929 to the late John and Emma (Heroux) Moody in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Ray in his youth was a life guard at many of the beaches in Rhode Island usually hitch hiking to Rhode Island with his brother John Moody to work for the summer. Ray's love of the ocean and beaches would be part of him throughout his whole life. Ray graduated from South Side High School (Today known as Malcom X Shabazz High School) in Newark, New Jersey. There are many stories of how Ray ended up in New Jersey from Rhode Island with the one that was told the most to his children through their Uncle John. They were on their way to Akron, Ohio for their father to have a job during the Great Depression. The car broke down in Newark and that's where they would live until Ray graduated from school. Ray would go on to work for Prudential Life Insurance Company and play semi-pro basketball which was his favorite sport to play as a youth and his younger adult years.

Ray along with his wife Bernice loved the Jersey Shore and would spend countless days at the beaches and boardwalks of Point Pleasant and Seaside, New Jersey. Their favorite family vacation spot during the summer was visiting Ray's family in Rhode Island and going to the beaches of Narragansett, Galilee, Scarborough with a visit to Block Island. In later years Ray would attend the ceremony for the dedication for Moody's Beach named after his Uncle Frank Moody for his dedicated service to the state of Rhode Island.

Raymond retired from N.D.H in 1994 after more than 40 years of service as the area manager. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Huron. Raymond enjoyed following the stock market and politics, watching Cleveland sports teams, as well as the New York Yankees. He especially loved spending time with his family, and having lunch with his friend, Larry Sennish.

Raymond is survived by his four sons, Ray Moody of Fort Gratiot, MI, Michael (Judy) Moody of Davidsonville, MD, Greg (Amy) Moody of Huron, OH and Christopher (Madonna) Moody of Toledo, OH; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Raymond is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice F. (Smith) Moody in 2011; brother, John Moody; and daughter-in-law, Connie Moody.

Greg would like to personally thank Dr. Richard Keller, Alisha Stewart FNP-C that facilitated Dad's care while residing at Parkvue along with the staff on Perry Court and countless others.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 12:00 p.m. at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E Perkins Ave, Sandusky with Father Jeff McBride presiding. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, OH.

Those wishing to contribute to Raymond's memory may do so to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870, St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St, Huron, OH 44839 or Parkvue Community at 3800 Boardwalk Blvd Sandusky, Ohio.

Condolences may be shared online at Also for those who would like to attend services for Ray virtually there will be a link on the website.