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Raymond William Raub

November 21, 1932 — May 8, 2024

Youngstown

Youngstown - Raymond William Raub, affectionately known as "Ray' passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on November 21, 1932, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Mark Raub and C. Helen (Hogg) Raub.
 
 Ray graduated from South High School in 1951, where he excelled in varsity baseball and basketball, and later attended Youngstown College (present day YSU). During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving stateside in Cheyenne, WY, and Tacoma, WA, and overseas in Japan. Ray was an excellent pitcher and played for the McChord Air Force Base team, traveling the country to compete against other U.S. armed forces base teams.

On March 7, 1953, he married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Karen Cover. Together they raised four children. They celebrated many happy years together enroute to their 50th Anniversary before Karen's passing in 2003.
 
 After his service, Ray returned to Youngstown and began working for Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG). He later transitioned to Excel Auto Glass as the warehouse manager. Following the closure of Excel Auto Glass, Ray worked for Youngstown Mirror and Glass until his retirement in 2000. He also served as a funeral associate at the Thompson Filicky Funeral Home for many years. Post-retirement, Ray became a starter at Mill Creek Golf Course, where he worked for 22 years and eagerly anticipated the upcoming season.
 
 A devout member of Girard First United Methodist Church, Ray served as head usher for several years. He deeply valued raising his children in the church and imparting to them that salvation is found through faith in Jesus Christ.
 
 He was also a member of the Girard High School Boosters Club and coached Girard Little League Baseball when his children were young. An avid sports enthusiast, Ray supported the Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Renowned for his sports trivia knowledge, he was inducted into the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame on March 7, 2002. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing and golfing.

A lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, Ray was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a friend to all he encountered. He cherished time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
 He is survived by his four children, Paula K. (Robert) Droege, Raymond W. (Christine) Raub Jr., Dr. Jeffrey (Sara) Raub, and Kara (Richard) Freiberg; eleven grandchildren, Marci (Daniel) Franco, Kyle (Margaret-Ann) Raub, Rob (Noel) Droege, Christopher Droege, Bryan Raub, Amy Raub, Madison Freiberg, Marah (Matt) Guckavan, Mallory Freiberg, Jake Freiberg, and Mandi Freiberg; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Raub, and Dorothy "Dot" Adams. Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Karen and his brother-in-law, John P. "Jack" Adams.
 
 Family and friends may visit on Monday, May 20, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street in Boardman. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the funeral home, officiated by Reverend Russ Adams, followed by military honors. A private Interment will take place for the immediate family at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

Ray's kindness, wisdom, and humor will be deeply missed but never forgotten. His was a life well-lived, full of love, compassion, and service. May he rest in peace.
 
 We thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the VA and local medical facilities who took part in his wonderful care over the previous months.
 
 In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that material tributes take the form of contributions to any Veteran's charity.

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Visitation

Friday, May 21, 2004

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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8536 Market Street, Boardman, OH 44512

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Visitation

Monday, May 20, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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8536 Market Street, Boardman, OH 44512

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Davis-Becker Funeral Home Boardman

8536 Market Street, Boardman, OH 44512

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