NILES — Raymond Kottar Flere Sr., 95, Niles, formerly of McDonald, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at The Suites at Continuing Healthcare of Niles.
Ray was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Renton, Pa, a son of Ignace and Frances (Kottar) Flere. He was a 1943 graduate of McDonald High School.
Ray was a Marine Corp. veteran, serving during World War II as an artillery gunner and military police.
He had worked for LTV as a mechanic for 38 years, retiring in 1985.
Ray was a past member of the American Legions, the Lions club, the Youngstown Maennerchor and the Saxon Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and golfing.
Ray was married to the former Susanna Moore, whom he married April 26, 1947; she died Sept.18, 2003.
He leaves his daughter, Leslie (Rocco) Sperati of Girard; his four sons, Raymond (Ruth) Flere Jr., Richard (Irene) Flere, Robert (Peggy) Evans and Douglas (Debbie) Evans; nine grandchildren, Todd, Brad, Doug, Cory and Kyle Flere, and Michael, Emily, Amelia and Olivia Evans; 11 great-grandchildren Brock, Kylie, Brady, Hudson, Bryn, Beau, Camryn and Ryleigh Flere, and Sam, Caleb and Merrick Evans.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Susanna; two brothers, Albert and William Flere; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Rose Flere.
Private military services will be held at a later date for Ray at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ray to Buckeye Hospice, 3379 South Main St., Suite A, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
This obituary can be viewed and condolences sent to www.higgins-reardon.com. Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
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