Obituaries: Raymond A. Vittetoe

OTTUMWA-Raymond A. Vittetoe, 85, of Ottumwa, died at 8:07 p.m. February 6, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.

He was born September 9, 1933 in Harper, IA to John Peter and Irene Dorothy Peiffer Vittetoe.

A graduate of St. Elizabeth High School in Harper, he attended St. Ambrose College and graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of X-ray in 1959.

In September 1957, Ray met the love of his life and his future wife, Margaret Crumley, who was also entering the School of X-ray. They married on October 8, 1960 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.

Ray was a radiologic technologist for 40 years working at St. Joseph Hospital, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Radiology Associates and in the offices of Dr. Berg and Dr. Brindley.

He was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation, a member of Knights of Columbus General McMullen Assembly and a member and past president of the State Association of Radiologic Technologists.

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, walking, his card group, socializing with friends and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Ray enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.

Ray is survived by his wife, Margaret; five sons, John (Joni) Vittetoe of Omaha, NE, Michael Vittetoe of Chino Hills, CA, Joseph (Kim) Vittetoe of Berthoud, CO, Dr. David (Sarah) Vittetoe of Adel and Stephen (Amy) Vittetoe of Crystal Lake, IL; 10 grandchildren, Jenna (Caleb) Ulffers, Lydia (Craig) Nashleanas, Isaac Vittetoe, Austin Vittetoe, Cooper Vittetoe, Zachary Vittetoe, Emma Vittetoe, Mary Margaret Vittetoe, Sam Vittetoe and Molly Vittetoe; a great-granddaughter, Emilia; a brother, Edwin (Diana) Vittetoe of Washington, IA, two sisters, Rose Mae (Leon) Leinen of Des Moines, Virginia Weber of Sigourney; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Crumley of Allison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James, Alvin and Richard Vittetoe and an infant brother; and a sister, Dorothy Sieren White.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of the Visitation with Father Jim Betzen C.PP.S. presiding.  Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home followed by a Christian Wake service with the family present until 5 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Mary of the Visitation, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary or Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.