Stephen Keese Raitch, 80, of Mansfield, OH died of natural causes on June 12, 2020 surrounded by his family in his vacation home in Dunedin, FL. He was born November 17, 1939 in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Alexander John and Anna L. (Williams) Raitch.
On December 31, 2000 he married Susan (Woolum) Raitch, who survives in their home in Findlay, OH.
After graduating from Grandview High School in Columbus, OH, the ROTC officer’s training program and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture at The Ohio State University, Steve was in partnership with Soulen and Associates in Mansfield, OH. Projects included The Rehabilitation Center of North Central Ohio, Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield United States Post Office and several prominent residential homes. While in Mansfield, he was a member of the Downtown Business Men’s Association, the Rotary Club, the Mansfield Sailing Club and Mohican Sailing Club and a faithful member of the First Congregational Church Choir.
He then moved to Findlay, OH where he joined Marathon Oil as a Corporate Architect. A licensed architect in 10 states, he was also owner/partner architect with Peterman Associates and owner/principal architect of SKR Associates in Findlay, OH.
Steve was a founding member and a President of the Mansfield Playhouse and was active in over 65 community theater productions, festivals and operas. He was a board member & business manager of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Steve had a passion for performing and was well known for his beautiful baritone singing voice. One of his favorite roles at the Mansfield Playhouse was Curly in Oklahoma. He always treasured the times he spent with this theater group.
Steve also enjoyed challenging himself with complex model building projects which included model trains/railroads, ships and planes, a hobby that began as a youngster with his father & brother and shared with his children.
Steve led his life on a constant quest for knowledge and
was a stimulating conversationalist as his curiosity seemed to know no bounds.
While his interests were many, in Steve’s heart he was always most fulfilled spending time with family and friends. His legacy will be one of shared stories, laughter and joy that will be treasured by multiple generations to come.
Steve is survived by his wife, Susan (Woolum) Raitch of Findlay, OH. Also surviving is his previous wife Sarah (Truver/Raitch) Davis of Mansfield, OH and their daughter Katrina (John) Blair of Florida; and previous wife Julie (Arlin, Raitch) Davis of South Carolina and their son Drew Raitch of Arizona. Extended family includes nephews Eric (Sheila) Raitch and Peter Raitch of Virginia, niece Stephanie (Andrew) Mocilan of Tennessee; four step children Todd (Dena) Woolum of Delaware, OH; Amy (Roy) Brock of Bluffton, OH; Holly (James) McDougle of Rawson, OH; and Luke Woolum of St. Clair Shores, MI and 12 step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eugene Raitch and Frederick Raitch and a step grandson Laken M. Woolum.
A celebration of remembrance will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, 3000 Harding Hwy, Lima, OH, 11:00 am, July 7th, 2020.
For those who wish, a memorial contribution can be made to any charity of your choice.