Raymond D. Lavish of Amherst passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 26, 1923 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to John and Anna (nee Fedor) Lavish. He attended Lorain High School.
Raymond enlisted with the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1947. While serving with the Army he worked with the wounded veterans aiding them with their physical rehabilitation. He was employed by Ohio Edison as a Trouble Shooter, retiring in 1985 after 40 years of service.
Raymond was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst, the Vincentians of St. Joseph, the St. Joseph Senior Citizens, Lorain County Wood Carvers Association and SCOA (Senior Citizens of Amherst). Raymond was an avid photographer and wood carver. His church and his family were his life.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret E. (nee Izold); son, Raymond (Lois) Lavish, Jr. of Gaston, Oregon; daughters, Lesley (Jeffrey) Howells of Amherst and Christine (Chuck) Eberhardt of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Beth Russ, Jackie Stillwagon, Nicole (Dan) Pelner and Will Lavish.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Lavish; brothers, Robert, Donald and Richard Lavish; and his sister, Dorothy Fradley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to staff of Mercy Hospital, Specialty Hospital of Lorain in Amherst and New Life Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Raymond.
The Lavish family will receive friends Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M. in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Closing prayers will be said at 10 A.M., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in the funeral center followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Martello, Pastor, will officiate. Private family inurnment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
The family suggest contributions be made in memory of Raymond to St. Joseph Catholic Church.