Ray served in the U.S. Army with the 32nd Armored Division from 1959 to 1962. He worked for York International in Elyria for 10 years; and retired as a Supervisor from Kasper Foundry, following 27 years of service. Ray was a member of Amvets Post #32 and The Elyria United Polish Club. He enjoyed NASCAR and football.
Ray was the loving husband and caregiver to his wife of 52 years, Helga (nee Walther). Additional survivors include a son, James Sword (Amanda) of Elyria; a daughter, Debbie Lawson of Lorain; two grandchildren, Alannah Sword USAF, Shaunta Dennis (Jason); two sisters, Colleen Gregory of Kipton and Barb Sword of Louisville, Kentucky; a brother, Claude Sword of Elyria; and his caretaker at home, Gail Hart.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Della (nee Moore) Sword; five brothers, Matt, Ivel, Delmas, Daniel, Sam; and four sisters, Nancy Jane, Norma Jean Kilby, Magdaline Roush and Linda Joe.
Family will receive friends 4 until 7 P.M., Monday, February 3, 2014, at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria (440)322-4626, where funeral services will be at 11 A.M., Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Reverend Jim Deulley will officiate. Burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria, where Amvets Post #32 will provide full military honors. Memorial contributions, in Ray's memory, can be sent to The American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com