Raymond C. Sarafin

August 14, 1932 ‒ December 28, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Raymond C. Sarafin, age 76, went home to his Lord on December 28, 2008.

He was born August 14, 1932 in Cleveland to Paul and Mary Sarafin, first generation immigrants from Slovakia. Mr. Sarafin graduated from Sullivan High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1955.

He was the founder and former president of Astro Pool Company in Mansfield. He was a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Ohio, a member of the National Swimming Pool Institute, the Ohio Pool Builders Council and served on the Ohio Department of Health’s and Spa Advisory Board.

Ray was a retired Lt. Col in the United States Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard, a former squadron commander of the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Mansfield Lahm airbase, and a graduate of the USA Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Ray was an avid fisherman who enjoyed sharing his lake with his family and friends.

He was a past president of Faith Lutheran Church in Mansfield, where he was a faithful member for over 43 years.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myra Hartman Sarafin; five daughters Lisa (Charles) Sheridan, Lori (Philip) Blum, Ellen (Robert) Zimmerman, Cathy (Patrick) Schumer and Sandra Sarafin all of Westerville; as well as 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Marie and Julia Zimmerman; Zach, Lindsey, Danielle and Nate Blum; Evan, Nick and Ellie Schumer and Stephanie and Nicole Sheridan; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Lilah Sarafin of Hilliard; and his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and John Weiss of Solon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

His family extends special thanks to the staff of Manor Care Nursing Home in Westerville for their loving encouragement to Ray.

The Sarafin Family will receive friends Friday, January 2, 2009 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday January 3 at 10 a.m. in Faith Lutheran Church, 1685 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, with Pastor Denis Wittenberger officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions may be made to WorldServe Ministries or Samaritan’s Purse.