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Charles M. "Skip" Garay

Charles M. "Skip" Garay, 72, of Elyria, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He was born September 6, 1941 in Filbert, West Virginia and was a 1959 graduate of Elyria High School. After graduation, he served with the U.S. National Guard.

Skip served as superintendent of the City of Elyria Communications Department, retiring in 2006. He had also previously been an instructor of electronics at E.T.I. in Cleveland. Charles was a member of First Baptist Church of LaGrange, where he was former treasurer and taught a mens Sunday school class.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Esther M. (nee Howard); son, Timothy M. (Kathy) Garay of Delphos, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael, Casey, Aaron and Jacob Garay; great-grandson, Hayden Garay; and a sister-in-law, Gayle Garay of Amherst.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steven Garay; mother, Mary Garay Elkin; and a brother, George Garay.

Friends will be received Friday, March 28, 2014, from 4 to 8 P.M., at First Baptist Church of LaGrange, 200 Church St., LaGrange. A funeral service will be Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 11 A.M., in the church, with Reverend Noel Hack and Dr. Michael Peck, officiating. Burial will be in River Road Cemetery, LaGrange Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of LaGrange or a charity of donor’s choice.

Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, is handling arrangements. For online condolences, visit

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