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Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:15
A Celebration of Life Service for Max E. Rayle, 64, who died Oct. 31, 2013, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Attic (located above City Tap), 110 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
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Local attorney Max E. Rayle passed away at 11:35 pm on October 31, 2013 from complications with a two year challenge from lung cancer. Rayle practiced civil, criminal, administrative general and appellate law from a base in Bowling Green for the past 37 years. He began his career as a staff attorney and referee (now magistrate) with the Wood County Common Pleas Court in 1976 and then joined the firm of Middleton & Roebke in 1978, where he became a partner. In 1989 he and Jodie Stearns formed a new practice at the corner of S. Main & W. Wooster Streets which eventually became Rayle, Matthews, & Coon which operates out of the same location today.
Born in Findlay, Ohio on January 3, 1949 Rayle received his undergraduate degree from Findlay College in 1972 and his law degree from The University of Toledo College of Law in 1976. He married his wife Susan (Rench) on October 6, 1973 and they have two sons: Matthew of Toledo, Ohio and Christopher who resides in Columbus, Ohio. All three survive, as does a special niece, Shelly Hancock Urdaneta of Lyndhurst, Ohio who has been like a surrogate daughter since the Rayle marriage. Rayle also has 7 siblings located in Findlay, Ohio, Vanlue, Ohio and Oldmar, Florida who all also survive.
Rayle was a member of the Wood County Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, a Fellow of the Toledo Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Ohio Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice. He was admitted to practice before all the state and federal courts that serve Ohio, including the U.S. District Court (N.O.), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U. S. Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Having the privilege of appearing multiple times during his career in cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, Rayle was proudest of his legally related volunteer work which he thought gave him the opportunity to give back to the profession "that gave me and my family so much over the years". The volunteer work included service for the Board of Trustees of the Wood County Bar Library Association (several as the Board's Chairman) and the Wood County Public Defender Commission, again serving as that organization's Chairman for many years.
His proudest volunteer work came with his election to the Ohio State Bar Association's Board of Governors, where he served as the Chairman of the Board's Budget and Headquarters Committee during the last year of his term. He was also selected as the 21st "Jester" of the OSBA Board with the primary duty to see to it that the voluntary leadership did not take themselves too seriously all the time. It was an assignment he truly relished.
In lieu of a public funeral service there will be a private ceremony for family only at his interment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Ohio. A public celebration of his life will be held in Bowling Green, Ohio in the near future. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in his name should consider giving extra to their favorite personal charity or giving a donation to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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