July 18, 1935 - Nov. 10, 2013
ELKHART — Raymond Earl “Ray” Checchio, 78, of Elkhart, returned to his heavenly home Sunday evening, Nov. 10, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on July 18, 1935, in Elkhart, to the late Joseph A. and Stella R. (Whittaker) Checchio. Ray was an only child and faced the traumatic experience of losing his mother at the age of 9.
On Sept. 22, 1962, he married Lonita “Dunny” Blosser.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Lonita; a daughter, Monica (Mark) Christian; his granddaughter, Shelby E. Christian; and a close cousin, Joseph P. Checchio.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond Jr.
Mr. Checchio retired from CTS Corp. after more than 50 years of service. Ray had a love of old cars and trucks, and used to give his granddaughter rides in his Model A. He also enjoyed watching “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” movies. From an early age, Ray developed a love of music and learned to play guitar. His daughter and granddaughter passed on this love of music — “especially classic rock” — to him.
Ray was especially proud of his Italian ancestry and was known for his great sense of humor. He will be missed by all, and especially his granddaughter, Shelby, and her dog, Ellen, or “jashjoboogie,” whom he spent much time with prior to his passing.
Please join with his family for a time of visitation and sharing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart, where friends may call for a half hour prior to start of the Mass. The Rev. Glenn Kohrman will officiate. In keeping with Ray’s wishes cremation will follow, with burial at a later date in St. Vincent Cemetery, where the U.S. Army funeral honor guard will render military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials to the Humane Society of Elkhart County. Please visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com to share a memory or condolence with Ray’s family.