SALEM - Raymond C. Schehl, 81, of Salem, Ohio, died Sunday morning, December 2, 2012 at his home.
He was born December 28, 1930 in Butler, Pennsylvania, the son of the late, John Jr. and Rose (Beers) Schehl.
Ray retired from Carriage Hill in 1990 and had previously worked at Hunt Valve for four years and Sterling of Salem for 17 years. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and had been choir director at the church, St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Leetonia and at St. Mary and St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Conneaut, Ohio.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1818, Father Kermiet Assembly (4th Degree Honor Guard), Auxiliary Police for 17 years and chief for five years, member of the Salem Order of Eagles Lodge #316, Salem Saxon Lodge - Branch #18, U.C.T. and life member of Dads of Foreign Service Veterans.
His wife of 62 years, Mary Lou (Courson) Schehl, whom he married October 21, 1950, survives him along with nine children, Vicki (Bob) Zines of East Palestine, Sue (Jon) Vollmar of Salem, Vince (Geri) Schehl of Boyne City, Mich., Phyllis (Bob) Powell of Salem, Kay (Kevin) Filer of Volant, Pa., Rick (John Damron) Schehl of Salem, Pam (Doug) Yeager of Salem, Jim (Barb) Schehl of Stafford, Va. and Mary Schehl of Salem; three sisters, Ethel Hinton, Clara Marie Bartberger and Diana Sybert; 16 grandchildren, Angie (Lawrence) Daoang, Theresa (Steve) Franklin, John (Karen) Lehman, Jen Pitts, Michael Schehl, Missy (John Ruth) McElfresh, Bill (Erin) Powell, Rob (Ashton) Powell, Frances (Ben) Wamer, Jake Filer, Jason (Ashley) Yeager, Amanda Yeager, Courtney Schehl, Corey Schehl, Kaitlyn McKibben and Zac McKibben; 10 great-grandchildren, Nathan Lehman, Kyle Lehman, Lucas Lehman, Cody McElfresh, Alivia Ruth, Cory Thurston, Mackenzie Powell, Teagan Powell, Holden Warner and Arianna Yeager.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Herbert and George Schehl; and two sisters, Sister Mary Vincent and Joan Hertz.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Robert Edwards officiating. Calling hours will be held at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Service at 7:45 p.m. Calling hours will also be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. before the services. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Ladies Purse, St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 East State Street, Salem, OH 44460 or the donor's choice.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at www.starkmemorial.com.