Raymond E. Schwab

CHAMPION – Raymond E. Schwab, 84, formerly of Struthers and Fort Myers, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at theWindsor House of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Schwab was born May 30, 1930, in Struthers, the son of Karl and Margaret Schwab, and raised by his stepfather, Bob O’Neil.

He was a 1950 Struthers High School graduate, where he ran track and played football. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was sergeant first class in the Combat Infantry Badge in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He received the Korean Service Medal and the Bronze Campaign Star.

Ray received his undergraduate degree from Newberry College in South Carolina in 1970 and later his graduate degree from Westminster College in 1977.

He taught at Struthers High School from 1957 to 1970, where he also was a football and track coach. Ray went on to be the assistant principal at Jackson-Milton High School, where he was athletic director. He finished his teaching career as principal at Leetonia High School from 1972 to 1986.

He was a 60-year member of F&AM Western Star #21. He was also a member of the Fort Myers Track Club, the Beach Fort Myers Shriners and the Fort Myers Moose Club. He attended the Church of the Resurrection in Fort Myers.

Ray was one of the founding fathers of the Greater Youngstown and Mahoning Track Clubs and also was an NCAA track official.

His wife, Gertrude “Mickie” Mooney, whom he married Dec. 27, 1960, died April 27, 1995.

He is survived by his daughter, Lois Jean (Paul) Mooney Carlson of Cortland; a granddaughter, Kristen (Gregg) Matthus of Canton; a grandson, Kevin “KC” (Michelle) Carlson of Fairmont, W.Va.; and four great-grandchildren, Chad and Aaron Matthus and Micah and Marley Carlson; a brother, Don (Edna) Schwab of Clawson, Mich.; and three sisters-in-law, Clara Schwab of Tucson, Ariz., Arlene Schwab of Texas and Peggy Schwab of Struthers; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, parents and stepfather, Ray was preceded in death by five brothers, Paul, Jerry, Harry, Harold and William “Butch” Schwab; and a granddaughter, Kelly Jo Carlson.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers. Interment will follow in Lake Park Cemetery, with military honors.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family requests that all gifts take the form of donations to the Special Olympics of Trumbull County Kelly Jo Carlson Memorial Swim Meet, c/o the Fairhaven Program, 420 Lincoln Way, Niles OH 44446.

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