AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Ronald R. “Rip” Repaskey, age 69, of Austintown, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 9, 2017 following a three year battle with ALS.
Born August 10, 1947 in Struthers, he was the son of Frank R. and Mary L. (Smrecansky) Repaskey.
Ron graduated in 1965 from Poland High School, received a Bachelor of Science in Education from YSU then earned a Masters Degree in Education in 1972 from YSU.
He taught Mathematics for Youngstown City Schools for 35 years; the first ten years at Hillman Jr. High and then 25 years at The Rayen School. He retired in 2004 and subbed for ten more years at both The Rayen School as well as East High School.
Ron was an avid golfer and bowler for 40 years. He especially enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several card clubs including the Men’s Club and the “Zoo Crew”. He was also a member of Couple’s 500 Bid club and enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em with many different friends and couples.
Ron coached numerous softball and baseball teams in summer leagues with his children. He was the head softball coach for 15 years at The Rayen School. He later went on to umpire for seven years in high school softball.
He enjoyed taking cruises and junkets with his wife and friends. He was an avid Cleveland Cavs, Browns and Indians fan.
He was a member of St Joseph Church in Austintown since 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Joann whom he married on July 26, 1969; children, Richard (Eva), Jennifer (Stuart) Repaskey-McMullan and Laura (Brian) Repaskey-Kirby; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jared, Casimir, Aristeo, Corisande, Desmond and Miles; a sister, Denise Repaskey; sisters-in-law, Mariann Del Signore, Louann Lauer and Suzann Lauer; two brothers-in-law, Robert Lauer and Michael Del Signore and numerous other relatives. He enjoyed his special “furry four-legged friends”, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his in-laws, Theodore and Emma Lauer.
Friends will be received at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel on Thursday, July 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St Joseph Church, 4545 New Rd., Austintown, Ohio 44515.
To help others even in death, Ron made anatomical donations to help with research for ALS.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Rd, Suite 403, Independence, Ohio 44131.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, July 12 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.