The Obit For Ray Uniak

Raymond Uniak "Ray"

Published in Kansas City Star on 7/28/2009

Raymond "Ray" Uniak, 85, of Kansas City, KS, passed away peacefully Friday, July 24, 2009 at Presbyterian Manor. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Tim Haberkorn at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 53rd & Leavenworth Rd.

Entombment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

A Celebration of Ray's life will begin with Visitation at 9:30 a.m., at the church. The Family requests no flowers and suggests memorials to Christ the King School.

Ray was born January 28, 1924 to Anthony & Josephine (Malinowski) Uniak in Kansas City, KS. Ray graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1943 where he excelled in all sports but particularly in baseball. Immediately after high school, Ray was signed to a professional baseball contract by the New York Yankees and remained in the minor leagues for 5 years. He continued to play semi- pro baseball throughout the Midwest for the next 15 years and was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Ray coached and managed several teams in the Ban Johnson Leagues retiring after 16 years in 1980. Ray held various positions during his 32 years with American Olean tile Co. until he retired as Warehouse Manager in 1986. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, its Holy Name Society, Nocturnal Adoration Society, and Food Kitchen volunteer. He also was a member of the Old-Timers Baseball Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and four sisters. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Josephine (Dolinar) Uniak, of the home; his four children: Michael Uniak (Marilyn),of Shawnee, KS; Linda Millhouse (Mike), Sharon Laughery, and Mary Beth McCarty (Gary), all of Kansas City, KS; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Special thanks to Tricia and Mike Schwind for their ongoing love and support. Ray loved his family, his Faith, his Polish heritage, the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas Jayhawks.

We know that he is at the Field of Dreams --- Play Ball! Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS; 913-371-1404.