Funeral services were held for Raymond T. Uthof on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Fenton with the Rev. Mark Resner officiating.
Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Fenton, with military rites by American Legion Post #627, Fenton.
Raymond Theodore Uthof, son of Henry and Lydia (Mueller) Uthof, passed away peacefully at his home in Fenton Nov. 7, 2019. Ray was born on Oct. 14, 1929, at the family farm north of Fenton. He was baptized right away, as he wasn’t expected to live.
Ray attended St. John Lutheran School through eighth grade and was confirmed May 23, 1943. Ray was united in marriage to Betty Shaser on April 12, 1953. To this union, two children, Rodney and Cheryl, were born.
Ray served in the U.S. Army as a private first class with the 39th Infantry Division in Kansas and El Paso, Texas, from Dec. 2, 1948, to November of 1949. He was placed on inactive duty until he was called up again in September of 1950, and he landed in Korea on Armistice Day. During his service, he earned three bronze campaign stars. He returned to the states on Labor Day of 1951.
Ray drove trucks for many years and owned his own trucking company. He worked on many roads hauling gravel, as well as seed corn and anhydrous ammonia. He also farmed and raised Angora goats and chickens. He delivered the Des Moines Register for many years and led detasseling crews for Pioneer. He was active with the American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish, read and watch the Yankees.
Ray is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Uthof; his children, Rodney (Joan) Uthof of Bancroft and Cheryl (Steve) Wichtendahl of Guthrie Center; his grandchildren, Susan (Kristofer) Orth of Ankeny, Stephany (Chuck) Plathe of Lone Rock, Samantha (Mike) Friederes of Algona, Aime Jo Wichtendahl of Hiawatha, and Sara (Shawn McGuire) Wichtendahl of North Ridgeville, Ohio. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Olivia and Aiden Orth; Hailey, Dalton, Isaiah and Samuel Plathe; Ethan Uthof; Ashley and Evan Cantu; Steven P. Wichtendahl; and Brenden, Evan and Flynn McGuire; great-great-grandchildren, Easton and Weston Meyers; and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his great-grandson Andrew Cantu, his “second son” Barry Preston, and his siblings, Edwin Uthof, Donald Uthof, DeWayne Uthof and Salome Flint.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Legion Post or St. John Lutheran Church in Fenton.