NILES - Raymond Filipan, 98, of Niles, died at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
He was born Aug. 31, 1914, in Niles, the son of Joseph and Theresa Fracul Filipan.
Ray was a 1934 graduate of McDonald High School, where he participated and lettered in football, basketball and track, and was a member of the swim team and the French Club.
He was employed as a carpenter for 50 years, retiring in 1977. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Niles, the Brotherhood of Carpenters Union 171, enjoyed sports, and served stateside in the United States Army 59th Battalion as a technical sergeant during World War II.
His wife Virginia Nafe Filipan whom he married Feb. 15, 1935 died May 14, 1990.
His wife Margaret Blatnik Filipan whom he married June 5, 1997 died Nov. 1, 2004.
He will be deeply missed by a son, Ronald (Loretta) Filipan of Liberty; a daughter, Shirley (Terry) Kundel of Howland; a sister, Ann Leenheer of Youngstown; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ignatius Filipan and Martin Filipan; and a sister, Josephine Pavlich.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard, with the Rev. John S. Trimbur officiating, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery where Ray will be honored for his military service by The Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.
Friends may view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.