Ray Reinhart, 64, of Tallmadge, Ohio, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 17th, 2012 in Oldsmar, Florida. Ray fought a lifelong battle with a debilitating arthritic condition. Through his struggle with his condition and his continued passion for life, he inspired everyone that he came in contact with. It was impossible to know Ray and not be truly amazed by his strength of will and the openness of his heart. He spent a lifetime surrounded by friends and family that were the center of his universe. Ray taught us all that family is never defined by blood alone.
Ray was born on August 10th 1947 in Akron, Ohio to Grace and Wilbur (Ray) Reinhart. He was a 1965 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and went on to marry his beloved high school sweetheart, Charlotte Wakefield Reinhart, on August 31st, 1968. They celebrated 43 years of marriage together. Ray attended Kent State University and worked as a tool and die maker who took great pride in his work.
Ray is survived by his wife; his son, Erik (Jenny) Reinhart; his daughter, Renee (Matt) Mihalyov; his grandchildren, Kyle, Jordan, Connor, and Parker; his brother, Mike (Sue) Reinhart; his brother-in-law, Gregg (Kathy) Wakefield; and his niece, Kendra Fonteyne. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Grace Reinhart; his in-laws, Tom and Shirley Wakefield; and his nephew, Chad Wakefield.
Services will take place at Dunn-Quigley Stow Chapel (Kent Rd. at Rt. 91) on Friday, February 24th at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Pastor Keith Johnson. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 on Thursday, February 23rd. A private burial will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation , NE Ohio Chapter (4630 Richmond Rd. #240, Cleveland, OH 44128-5954.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on February 22, 2012