A local man who took pride in tracking local weather patterns and statistics passed away last week.

Ray Burkholder of Pandora died last Thursday at the Hilty Memorial Home at the age of 96.

Burkholder served as the area weather observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for close to 50 years, finally retiring 6 years ago at the age of 90.

His funeral is set for today at the GraceMennoniteChurch in Pandora.