YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Robert A. Ray passed away Wednesday, March 1. He was a life-long resident of Youngstown Ohio.
Born on October 6, 1952, he was the only child of Robert and Mamie Ray. His parents passed away early on in his childhood. He was reared by his grandmother Katie Murphy on the city’s Sharon line on Orrin Ave.
A graduate of North High School class of 1970. Robert went on to attend Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.
He later enlisted in the United States Army thereby becoming a Dental Assistant, as well as a tenor in the 8th Army Chorus whilst stationed in Seoul Korea in 1972.
Robert was employed with the Youngstown Vindicator for 13 years. After which he was then an employee at WKBN and later, Clear Channel Radio. He retired from Clear Channel Radio in 2014.
Robert was a quintessential outdoorsman. With his loyal canine companions at his side, Robert could be found in the yard working on his flower and vegetable gardens. On the banks of Mosquito Lake, hour after hour in search of largemouth bass is where Robert not only found enjoyment but solace. He also thoroughly enjoyed building and creating “inventions” that would make any job easier and lending a helping hand to anyone in need.
To mourn his loss he leaves behind three children, Robert A. Ray II (Jennifer), Clarisse Y. Ray- Rucker (Clinton) and Diane K. Shine (David), along with five grandchildren.
Robert was a loving and caring individual that will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 11, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.
Funeral Service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will be in Tod Homestead Cemetery, Youngstown.