Isaac Ray Black

Born Sept. 24, 1899 in New Martinsville, W.Va., he was the son of Isaac and mary (Haudenschield) Black. His parents moved their family to Shalersville in 1901, when he was 2 years old.

Mr. Black retired from dairying in 1973, but continued to grow crops for another decade before completely retiring.

He served two terms on the Shalersville Board of Education and was active in leadership roles, including singing in the choir and various quartets, at Shalersville Methodist Church, which is now a part of Portage Faith United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Portage County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Black and his wife, Verda (Pierce), whom he married in 1920, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1970. She died in 1975.

Survivors include his sons, Robert N. (Sue) of Paris, Tenn. and Gordon (Peg) of Wellington; daughters, Virginia (Frank) Goodell of Mantua, Jeanne Cherry of North Fairfield, and Ruth (Don) Haney of Rootstown; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and Dorothy Black. His son, Paul, died in 1976 and and his son, James, died in 1990.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 S.R. 44 in Mantua, with the Rev. Tom Snyder and the Rev. Donald W. Shilling officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Shalersville.

Memorials may be made to Portage Faith United Methodist Church.

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