Ray  Vittetoe


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.
Published on February 8, 2019
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18 posts

Jim McGinn
Mar 04, 2019
Hi Margaret, I know I'm a little slow with this, I was sorry to hear that Ray had died. He was always friendly to me when we met with you and him at gatherings. I'd heard recently that he'd failed some but didn't know he was in his last days. Cathy and I will remember him and your family in our prayers in the days ahead.
Meg Hutchison
Feb 14, 2019
Dear Margaret,
We are now residing in Flagstaff, AZ, and we just learned of Ray's passing from friends there in Ottumwa. My immediate recollections are of you and Ray in the church pews behind me or across the way.....always a ready smile, and a warm greeting from you both. Ray was the kindest, most caring man I've ever known, and my heart is saddened to know he is gone. May God bless you and your family as you say good bye to this wonderful man; we are all so very blessed to have known him.
Mary Lee Yoder
Feb 11, 2019
My sincere condolences to his family. Raymond was my platonic friend when I worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital after graduation in 1956. He was a sweet person and a real gentleman. We didn’t keep in touch but I am so glad to have seen him at a reunion and to meet Margaret. He will be missed by many.
Mary von Schrader
Feb 11, 2019
Margaret, I am so sorry about the loss of Ray. You and your wonderful family are in my prayers
Mary O'Neill Baker
Feb 10, 2019
I worked with Ray @ St Joe - - I mainly worked in surgery & recovery room. So I saw alot of Ray. He was a wonderful & fun guy! You have my sympathy.
Dallas & Rita Barnett
Feb 10, 2019
Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our prayers and sympathy to his family.
Halee Von Voltenburgh (McBroome)
Feb 09, 2019
Margaret: I am so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. What a love and legacy the both of you created - a true blessing! You always made everyone feel like part of your family and your home was a place of warmth. The happiness and laughter that Ray and you shared with me was so appreciated. I always enjoyed visiting your home and you amazed me with how you could whip something up in the spur of the moment...,,immediately, French Onion Soup comes to mind....a great memory for me! Ray and you lived a love story! Love, Halee
Mary Uhlenhopp
Feb 09, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Ray's family. I always looked forward to seeing Margaret and Ray at the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, Irish Fest or any of the many "Crumley events" over the years.Ray was truly one of the most genuinely good people I've known. I feel blessed to have known Ray and I will miss him.
Brenda Hinebaugh
Feb 09, 2019
What a wonderful man. I had the opportunity to work with Ray and Margaret in Dr. Berg's office. Such a gracious and kind couple. I am so very sorry for your loss.. He left a great legacy for his family and community. He will be missed.
Kathy Calton Gleich Davis
Feb 09, 2019
Ray exemplified what it means to be a good man. He was a good husband,father , XRay Tech, friend and so much more. Ottumwa has lost a good person.
Margaret and boys my heart goes out to you.


Kathy Gleich
Mo Fiedler
Feb 09, 2019
We feel very fortunate to have had Ray as part of our extended family! So many great memories of hanging out laughing and telling stories with Margaret and Ray. He will be greatly missed! Our heartfelt sympathy to the Vittetoe family may your many memories of Ray bring a smile and laughter, the love of friends and family comfort you and God bless you during this difficult time. Love, Mo, Howie, Jake and Spencer
Wanda and Joe Flahive
Feb 09, 2019
So sorry to hear of Rsys death. Our sympathy and prayers are with your family.
Chris Mefford
Feb 09, 2019
Ray brought joy, happiness, fun, frivolity, love, support and encouragement to every gathering of friends. I'm grateful to have grown up in a neighborhood with the Vittetoes. Love to whole Vittetoe family.
Anayolanda Torres Pinto
Feb 09, 2019
What a sad news, I am so sorry, Ray was a such a nice neighbor and friend, we will miss him.
Margaret now you have a guardian angel watching over you.
Mary Pinsoneault
Feb 09, 2019
Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss. You were a wonderful example of what marriage and parenthood should be. God bless you, my dear cousin.
Leona Smith
Feb 09, 2019
My heart aches for all of Ray's family. Ray was the most considerate person. Ray was an usher in our wedding.
He and cousin Dudley must had many good times in their younger years as they were only couple years apart. After Dudley passed away on Jan. 28, 2006, Ray would call me every year of his passing date and also on Dudley's birth date (June 23). I will miss his phone calls. Margaret, you have been his rock. Hugs and deepest sympathy to all.
Tom and Nancy Schaeffer
Feb 08, 2019
Aunt Margaret and Cousins,
So sad to hear of Uncle Ray's passing...what a gentle giant of a man! Always so upbeat, positive and interested in the other person...I always appreciated his interest in my college studies and career as he was encouraging and so supportive. I enjoyed listening to his work stories too. I will remember his laugh and loving heart! He was so proud of his sons and their accomplishments and would update your activities and then talk about his grandchildren. He will be so missed at our reunions. And I'll never get to tease him about the Cubs/Cardinals games again. He will be keeping score in heaven. We will keep all of you in our prayers as you celebrate his life in the
...coming days. We will be in Jacksonville to meet our first and only grandson born on the day Uncle Ray went to heaven. Love and comfort to all of you.Read more
Steve and Jodi Nobile
Feb 08, 2019
Margaret, David and family: We are so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. He was an incredibly strong man and will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.