R. A. Raimonde, M.D. “Rome”, 94, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed peacefully March 20, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 5, 1923, in Yorkville, OH, as son of Raffael and Anna Pulice Raimonde.
Preceding him in death were an infant daughter, Renee; two sisters, Adelyn Raimonde of Yorkville, OH, and Delores Raimonde, RN, of Phoenix, AZ; and three brothers, Dr. Anthony Raimonde of Mesa, AZ, Orlando Raimonde of Tiltonsville, OH, and Albert Raimonde of Westerville, OH.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Donna (Morgan) Raimonde; his sister, Lonnie (Joe, deceased) Dolan of Indian Land, SC; Rudolph (Wanda) Raimonde of Phoenix, AZ; Dr. James (Yolanda) Raimonde, DVM, of Defiance, OH; two daughters, Rebecca (Doug) Shipe of Littleton, CO, and Beth (David) Weaver of Wheeling, WV; two sons: Rodney (Dawn) Raimonde of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Michael (Mary) Raimonde of Kenosha, WI; two stepdaughters; Leigh Prop of Cincinnati, OH, and Suzanne (Philip) Trouten of Martins Ferry, OH; stepson, Scott Gibbons of Martins Ferry, OH; and 11 grandchildren, Reese Raimonde, Thomas Raimonde, Benjamin Raimonde, Parker Raimonde, David Weaver Jr., Eleanor Weaver, Lauren (Richie) Gryspeerdt, Jamie Prop, Ryan (Rachel) Marling, Elizabeth Gibbons, and Whitney Gibbons.
Dr. Raimonde was a graduate and valedictorian of Yorkville High School, Class of 1941. He was a graduate of the College of Medicine of the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Class of 1951.
He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II from 1943-1945, Hq Co. 884th Bomb Sq. (VH) 383rd Bomb group (VH), B-29 unit.
After graduating from medical school, he interned at the City Hospital of Akron, OH. He served as a physician in Martins Ferry from 1956 to retirement in 1996. He was a general practitioner, delivering over 5,000 babies, and was beloved by his many patients.
He was a past President of the Medical Staff of Martins Ferry Hospital, a member and past President of Belmont County Medical Society and a 50-year member of the Ohio State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.
He was a member of American Legion Post 38 in Martins Ferry, OH, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4811 in Yorkville, OH.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley. He was the plant physician for Wheeling Steel Corporation for 26 years.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor.
Family and friends will be received Sunday from 12-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry, OH, 43935. Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral liturgy with mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, OH, at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018, with the Rev. Tom Marut as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH, where the Belmont County Veterans Association will give military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Daily Bread Center, 418 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH, or VFW Post 4811, 123 Market St., Yorkville, OH, 43971.
Condolences to the family may be made at kellerfuneralhome.com.