Raymond H. Lewicki, 95, of Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away on April 1, 2020 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Ray was truly a gentle man, whose life was a personal testament to humility, kindness, trust, and unrelenting devotion to his family and friends. He shared countless moments with those he held close, filled with lots of laughter, a few tears, good food, friendly banter, corny jokes, and a lifetime of precious memories. To his customers he was known as “Mailman Ray”, to his children “Dad”, to his friends simply “Ray”. His favorite was when his grandchildren called him “Pap”. Perhaps his greatest joy was watching and bragging about his four grandchildren in their athletic and professional pursuits.
Ray was born in Wheeling to Edmund and Lucy (Lewandowski) Lewicki on March 8, 1925. He was a 1943 graduate of Wheeling High School. He married Gloria Jane Mooney on February 3, 1951 in Wheeling. Ray proudly delivered mail for the U.S. Postal Service to Wheeling residents for 40 years, retiring in 1984. He served as an Army Medic with the 127th Evacuation Hospital during World War II, deploying to England, France, and Germany. His medical unit was the first to enter Dachau on May 2, 1945, where he would spend 46 days assisting concentration camp survivors recover, regain their dignity, and reclaim their freedom. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, American Theater Ribbon (WWII), Army Occupation (Germany) Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Ribbon. In 1946, Ray was selected to play in the first Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Football Game after the game had been suspended for three years during World War II. He was Catholic by faith and a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Ray is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister (Helen Caruth), brothers [Thomas (Jane), Edmond (Freda), and Leo (Georgetta) Lewicki]; nieces and nephews (Tom, Mary Ann, David, Roberta, and Larry Lewicki; and Karen Caruth); and many dear friends.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Susan DeMara (Rob), Chesapeake, Virginia; son Roger Lewicki (Sue), Moundsville; four grandchildren (Jeffrey and Michael DeMara, Chesapeake, Virginia; Ryan Lewicki, Moundsville; and Kristin Lewicki, Bridgeport, West Virginia); and numerous nieces and nephews (Charles Lewicki (Tracy), Wicomico, Virginia; Robert Lewicki (Courtney), Glen Dale; Kathy Dalek (John), McMechen; Judy Prager (Jay), Moundsville; Debi Astin (Bob), Plantation, Florida; and Shelly Lewicki, Bethlehem).
Ray’s family wishes to extend their sincerest appreciation to Drs. William C. Mercer, Robert J. Fanning, and Walter N. Taubenslag, Wheeling; Drs. Valiant D. Tan and Sonal Patel, Chesapeake, Virginia; and countless doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians, and emergency services first responders at Wheeling Hospital, Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital, Chesapeake Regional Hospital, and the City of Chesapeake.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1526 National Road, Wheeling, where he will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife, Gloria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Easter Seals of Wheeling, 1305 National Road.
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