WARREN - Ray Forest Waldeck, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center.
He was born May 25, 1939, in Clarksburg, W.Va., the son of the late Harry Waldeck and the late Clara Beatrice "Bea" Cottrill Waldeck.
He was a steelworker for U.S. Steel and also worked as a cook for various restaurants, such as Pudgies and the Chat & Chew. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam War.
Ray loved to travel, especially to California and Mountaineer. He was active in SCOPE and was a member of the VFW on High Street. He liked working on puzzles and models and playing backgammon. He enjoyed collecting pens and Avon. But most of all, he was a family man who truly enjoyed life. His motto was "go big or go home," and he embodied that every chance he got. He loved spending time with his cousins, Gary and Jean Kittle. He was best known for his rhubarb pie.
He is survived by his children, Valerie (David) Burns of Leavittsburg, Chris Waldeck of Jackson, Tenn., and Loretta (Robert) Daniels of Warren; grandchildren Kelly Ray Sexton, Cheyanne Burns, Lindsey Burns, Justin Coffee, Christopher (Karra) Pierson and Chatona (Mike) Rudy; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Mitcheltree of Charlotte, N.C.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Forest Ray Waldeck.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Pastor Ed White will officiate. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Champion Township Cemetery.