Raymond P. Skapik
Published in Dayton Daily News from January 28 to January
P. Passed away quietly January 26 at Hearth and Home of Vandalia surrounded
by family and friends.
Ray had resided most of his 89 years in his childhood home in Dayton where
he was born July 2, 1922 the youngest of ten children and where he later
raised his own seven children with his wife Thelma. In later years he
delighted in telling people that he still slept in the bedroom where he
had been born.
Ray was preceded in death by Thelma, his loving wife of 57 yrs, two sons,
Laurence and Rick Skapik, a grandson, Glenn E. Smith and all nine of his
He is survived by his daughters, Lynn (Glenn) Smith, Lauretta (Butch)
McDaniel, Anna Luedtke (fiancée Brett Myers), his sons Gerald Skapik
and Mark (Stephanie) Skapik, daughter-in-law Sharen Skapik, 15 grandchildren,
23 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Ray graduated Kiser HS in 1940. Served in the US Army during WWII and
was awarded the Bronze Star. He worked at NCR 27 yrs, then at Duriron
for 12 yrs. He was a well-known fixture at Keowee Auto Sales for 48 yrs.
Ray loved golfing, bowling, baseball and watching the Reds on TV. He played
ball while in the Service and after the war was signed on as a catcher
with the St. Petersburg Saints, a minor league team in Florida before
returning to Dayton in 1948 to marry his sweetheart and start his family.
He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 5PM to 7PM Monday at MAGETTI GAVIN FUNERAL HOME, 1508
Valley St, where a Prayer Service will be held 9:30AM Tuesday followed
by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to all of those at
Hearth & Home and Hospice of Dayton who helped take care of dad especially
in his last few months.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Dayton.