-- — Raymond G. Narwold, 84, Batesville, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the Heritage House of Greensburg.
Born Jan. 3, 1928, near Napoleon, he was the son of Evelina (Fox) and Noah Narwold. He married Rosella Obermeyer June 21, 1952, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, spending time in the Pacific Theater and the Philippines. After the service, he came home to help on the family farm. He would eventually find his calling as an over-the-road truck driver. For nearly five decades he traveled millions of miles accident free for Straber Oil, Becker Oil, Ripley County Beverage, Sims Freight Line, Interstate Brands and Batesville Casket Co. and had countless stories of adventures from his days on the road.
For those who knew him, he could never really sit still for too long, and after retiring from driving, he kept busy with other jobs, from working at Save-A-Lot to security jobs. Ray had several interests, which included golf, gardening, fishing and planning to fish. His family spoke about him being a dedicated perfectionist and teased that he would spend as much or more time planning the fishing trip than the actual trip itself took.
From keeping his yard neat and clean to a garage with everything in its place, Ray was always improving. A good neighbor, he was there to help with snow removal and cute gadgets to make their lives easier. He and Rosie liked watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” and Ray enjoyed tinkering around in the garage making things. Time spent with his grandchildren was the best time of all.
Ray is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Jane Narwold, Jonesboro, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and John Stapp, Greensburg; grandchildren John Stapp, Greensburg, Kristina (Carroll) Crisp, Chattanooga, Tenn., Nathan (Lauren) Narwold, Atlanta, and Shelby Narwold, Lake Spivey, Ga.; and great-granddaughter Carson Crisp, Chattanooga.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Pearl Lauber.
Visitation is Monday, Sept. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. The family requests memorials to St. Louis School Tuition Angels. They extend a special thanks to the Heritage House staff. Their professionalism, courtesy, joy and enthusiasm were appreciated daily.