Raymond E Aultman of Clayton, IN went home to Jesus at 6:22pm on Wed,Sept 27, 2023. He was born in Urbana, OH on Sept 12, 1934 to the late Raymond G & Mildred (Watson) Aultman.
Ray joined the Air Force in June 1952, serving in the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic. He developed a special appreciation for the F-86 Sabre during these years.
On October 4, 1958, Ray married Abigail Benavides and they settled in Columbus, Ohio. They divorced in 1982. On February 16, 1985, Ray married Marilyn (Mae) Dillon and settled in Zionsville before moving to West Milton, OH in 1987. Together they ran a shop out of their historic home called Mae's Specialties. In 1995 they moved to Clayton, IN where they spent the rest of their lives.
During the 70’s, Ray and his brother Frank worked together in the HVAC business for several years in the Bellefontaine, Ohio area. Ray worked as an ITT instructor, a building maintenance supervisor and HVAC technician.
Wherever they lived, their home became a gathering place for family and friends. They became involved in their community, frequently leading worship songs in their church, most recently at First Baptist Church of Clayton and Monrovia United Methodist. Ray's tenor voice was a gift to any group, and he was always a willing participant.
Ray and Mae loved to travel and shared many fun adventures on the road with Ray's brother Frank and his wife Martha, as well as Mae's sister Barbara Lucas and her husband John. Taking the train across the country and down the west coast, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, going fishing in Canada with Mark & Greg Keutzer, going to Mexico, Spain and Hawaii with Nancy and Russ Bond. They shared many laughs and good times over the years with dear friends Joyce Taylor and Mary Kay Aylsworth. The friends and neighbors in the 800 S community became their extended family. They loved visiting and traveling with family and treasured the time with their grandchildren, even caring for Greg and Becca before and after school. Ray had a great sense of humor and a love for life. He was a die-hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan to the end.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, brothers Richard and Frank, sisters Patty Aultman and Marylou Evilsizor.
Ray is survived by brothers Steve (Kathy)and Bill of Urbana, Ohio, sister Dorothy Miller of Pataskala and a great number of nieces and nephews, great nieces, and nephews. Although Ray was a stepfather to Marilyn's family, he was an important part of the family and never missed a gathering, he will be greatly missed. Daughters Connie (Steve) Senescall, Debbie (Mark) Keutzer, Nancy (Russ) Bond, 4 grandchildren: Sean (Samantha) Senescall, Stephanie (Doug) Moore, Greg (Kali) Keutzer, Becca (Jeremy) Anderson, 9 great-grandchildren: Dylan, Audrey and Ezra Senescall, Samantha and Tanner Moore, Will, Teddy and John Keutzer and Leo Anderson.
A memorial gathering will take place at Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, on October 20. Visitation at 1:00, service at 2:00 with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ray's memory to The Gathering Together in Plainfield, 147 N Center St Plainfield, IN 46168.