Raymond Francis Pelzer, 88, West Liberty
Obituaries · September 28, 2012

Raymond Francis Pelzer, 88, of West Liberty died Saturday Sept. 22, 2012, at the Simpson Memorial Home.

Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty with Rev. Greg Steckel. Visitation was Tuesday at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty where a Christian Wake service was held. Burial was in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at A memorial fund has been established.

Ray was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Johnson County, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Pauline Knebel Pelzer. He was a graduate of West Liberty High School in 1941 and served in World War II with the U.S. Naval Air Force from 1942 until 1945. He was a member of Mansell Phillips American Legion Post 509 of West Liberty, enjoyed playing fast pitch softball, cards and especially bowling, which he did until he was almost 80.

A caring brother and uncle, he is survived by a sister Mary Catherine Murphy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers Richard (Theresa) Pelzer of Tipton and Donald (Kathleen) Pelzer of West Liberty; and sister-in-law Marge Pelzer of Tipton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Eleanor (Leonard) McLacklan and Loretta (James) Ruess; brothers Hubert (Joyce) Pelzer and Paul Pelzer; and brother-in-law Bill Murphy.

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