The Obit For Ray Shapik

Raymond P. Skapik

Published in Dayton Daily News from January 28 to January 29, 2012

SKAPIK, Raymond 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 siblings.

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.