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Raymond William Kovacs, 80, passed away on February 14, 2018 in his home with his wife and family by his side. He was born on June 12, 1937 to Stephen and Dolores (Bourdeau) Kovacs.

Ray was an avid reader and sports fan but he most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his six granddaughters. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1955 and exceled in basketball, track and football. He attended Bowling Green State University then enlisted in the US Army where he served in Germany from 1959-1961. Ray married the former Lita Lignetta in 1962 and they celebrated 55 years of marriage. He retired from Iten Industries and was a longtime employee of Rockwell International. Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a devout traditional Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Mike and sister Marilyn Carr.

Survivors include his wife Lita, sons Raymond (Christy) and Kevin (Darlene) and granddaughters Elizabeth, Maria, Caroline, Julianne, Claire and Kate. He is also survived by his brothers Kenny, Norm and Mark (Brenda) and sister Virginia (Mickey) Rood.
Contributions in his memory can be made to Saint John School or Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Visitation will take place at the Guerriero Funeral Home on February 19th from 5-7:30. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7:00 Pm to end calling hours.
A Requiem mass officiated by Father Denis Bouchard F.S.S.P. will be held at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 291 Scoville Dr. Vienna Oh, 44473 Tuesday February 20, 2018, at 11:30 AM. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ashtabula.
Published on February 17, 2018
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