Born Oct. 10, 1921 in Rimerton, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank Davis and Edna Mae (Staples) Davis. He was preceded in death on May 13, 1997 by his wife of 46 years, Rebecca B. "Becky" (Johnson) Davis, whom he married on June 29, 1951.
He graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1941 and attended night school at Youngstown College. A World War II veteran, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and was seriously wounded in action against the Japanese on Feb. 2, 1944, during the assault and capture of Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Following the war, he returned to the Youngstown area to make his home and raise a family. Ray was a machinist at the William B. Pollock Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1971. He then worked 15 years for the Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren as a form grinder in the skilled trades department, retiring in 1986. He continued to stay active during his retirement years as an agent with Jordan-Schriber Realty and Brighton Realty, both in Youngstown.
He was a life member of the 4th Marine Division Association, a charter member of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He was a 71-year member of Four Mile Run Christian Church in Austintown where he served as a Sunday school superintendent, teacher and deacon. Originally a member of St. Alban's Masonic Lodge #677 in Youngstown, he later transferred his membership to Argus Masonic Lodge #545 in Canfield. He was a former president of the Warren Junior Military Band Parents and also belonged to the Aut Mori Grotto in Youngstown, V.F.W. Post #4237 and American Legion Post #301, both in Austintown, the Tuesday Night Supper Club, the Square Dance Club, Niles Moose Lodge #627 and the Scope Rhythm Band in Warren. Until 2008, he never missed attending the Canfield Fair. On his 75th birthday, he parachuted out of an airplane, earning him the nickname “Skydive 75.”
Ray was self-made. He designed and crafted his own tools and designed and built his own home. He enjoyed reading, studying and investing in the stock market, astronomy and dancing. But his family was foremost in his life, whether it was their six-week trip through the western United States in 1971 or more recent cruises to the Caribbean with his children and grandchildren. He especially relished watching them learn to water ski on their annual vacations to Sparrow Lake in Canada. He was the true “patriarch” of the family.
Surviving are his four children and their spouses, Kenneth L. (Rhonda) Davis of Galion, Pamela R. (Donald) Bloom of Canfield, Sandra L. (William) McHenry of Medina and Barbara K. (James) Schehl of Stafford, Va.; six grandchildren, Stacey and Andrea McHenry, Kaylee and Audrey Davis, and Courtney and Corey Schehl; one sister, Jean Bass of Forest City, N.C.; and his special caregivers, Mary Salvino and Judi Carder.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Davis Jr. and Richard L. Davis; two sisters, Joann Davis and Marilyn Lucas; his first wife and high school sweetheart, Mary Margaret (Burke) Davis in 1947; and their infant daughter, Joann Rae Davis.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 23 at Four Mile Run Christian Church followed by burial in Four Mile Run Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Ellsworth V.F.W.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Four Mile Run Christian Church, 701 N. Four Mile Run Road, Youngstown, OH 44515.
An online obituary and guest registry are available at www.lanefuneralhomes.com and www.richardsondavis.com.