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Formerly Brazzell Funeral Homes

Ray D. Leiter

Born: Tue., Apr. 14, 1931
Died: Thu., Apr. 13, 2017


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 19, 2017
Location: Harper Funeral Homes Avilla Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Apr. 20, 2017
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church

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LaOtto - Ray D. Leiter, 85, of LaOtto, died on April 13, 2017 surrounded by his family at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.  The youngest of 11 children, he was born on April 14, 1931 at the family farm west of LaOtto to the late Clarence and Pearl (Wood) Leiter.  On April 20, 1958, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, he married Patricia Miller, who survives.  He was employed by Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1990, after 40 years of service.  Mr. Leiter was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and held many church offices through the years.  He was a charter member of the LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department, and served in the US Navy Reserves.  In addition to being survived by his wife Patricia, he was the proud father of six children, Mark (Kim) Leiter, of Avilla, Roberta Hornett (Jeff Hammontree) of Brownsburg, Carmen (Joe) Holbrook of LaOtto, Jeffrey (Lisa) Leiter of Auburn, Peggy (Paul) Zilz of Columbia City, and Samuel (Cheryl) Leiter of Pittsboro.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Ganswindt, Calvin (Kelli) Leiter, Crystal (Dexter) Crossley, Joseph (Jessica) Hornett, Brent (Lauren) Hornett, Robert (Julie) Hornett, Douglas (Carla) Holbrook, Michael (Shasta) Holbrook, James (Amanda) Holbrook, Catherine Holbrook, Matthew Holbrook, Logan Leiter, Abby (Phil) Kirk, David Zilz, Kristen (Eric) Clark, Daniel Zilz, Emily Zilz, Rebekah Leiter, Ben Leiter, and Luke Leiter; 14 great grandchildren, sisters, Dorothy Martin of Kendallville, and Mary Peduto of Indianapolis.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Margaruitte Schafer Leiter, brothers, Glen, Glade, Cleo and Robert, and sisters, Carrie, Helen, Gladys, and June.  Funeral Services will be 10:00am on Thursday April 20, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 113 West Albion St., Avilla.  Pastor Patrick Kuhlman will be officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-8pm on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla.  Burial will be at the Lutheran Cemetery, rural Avilla.  In memory of Mr. Leiter, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, or LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department.  To leave online condolences, visit www.harperfuneralhomes.com

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Dude and Karen Holbrook
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
Deepest sympathy to his family.

Don Luepke
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
Some think that Christ's first words when he emerged from the tomb on that first Easter morn were: "Ta da!" Regardless, it is because of this event that along with the tears, peace and joy fill our hearts. He is risen and now your dear loved one sits on the lap of the Lord. Alleluia!

Adam Stetzel
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by "The Center".

Our deepest sympathies and heart-felt prayers are with you this week! Adam Stetzel & Jeff Wike The Center for Whitley County Youth

Cindy Oudghiri, Jim Miller
   Posted Sun April 23, 2017
Dear Patsy and Family,

Our deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your entire Family upon the loss of Ray.
What a wonderful man, who was always, thoughtful, kind, and considerate to everyone.
He will be missed by all.

Cindy Oudghiri
Jim & Sue Miller
Jeff & Amy Miller
Stephanie & Zac Lightner
Marc & Jean Oudghiri

Kelli Fitzpatrick Burrill
   Posted Thu April 27, 2017
I was saddened to read in a recent News Sun of the passing of Mr. Leiter. I am thinking of you, Mark and Kim, as you and your family adjust to this loss. I know you will share many happy memories for years to come.
Keeping you in my prayers,
Kelli Fitzpatrick Burrill

Karen (Nichols) VanAuken
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Dear Pasty and family,
Thinking of all of you in your loss of Ray. No words can express my true feelings. Mom and Dad greeted Ray with smiles, and warm words.

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