Raymond G. Brehm Jr.
June 20, 1935 – July 4, 2018
Raymond George Brehm Jr passed away on July 4, 2018 at the age of 83. He was a beloved son of the late Lucy and Raymond Brehm Sr. He was born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Grafton, Ohio. He has lived in Russell for the last 44 years. Ray studied at Case Western Reserve, Baldwin Wallace, and Ohio University with majors in Math and Biology and minors in Chemistry and German. He worked as a Chemical Engineer until retiring at the age of 65. Ray had a vast knowledge of all subjects with a particular interest in history. He was a Civil War and World War II buff, and late in life learned his great-grandfather fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. He had a lifelong love of sports, especially watching Ohio State football and the Cleveland professional teams. Racing sailboats was a great passion of his. He spent many years racing out of Vermilion, Ohio, including his famous victory of the 1980 Vermillion Boat Club Bowl. Ray loved to travel especially in his red Miata which he used to drive across the United States visiting historical landmarks. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife Gail of 54 years; his 3 children Raymond Brehm III (Maritza), Eric Brehm (Linda), and Kristin Prather (Chuck); his 5 grandchildren Jackson Raymond, Raymond George IV, William George, Cassidy Gail, and Isabella Portia; and his 3 sisters Norma Fildes, Nancy Storrow (Max), and Carol Smith. Gathering of family and friends from 4-7pm on Thursday, July 12 and service at 11am on Friday, July 13 at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Rd., Chester Twp. Interment in Riverview Cemetery in Russell Twp. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, at www.hospicewr.org or a charity of your choice.
- Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
- Celebration of Life Friday, July 13, 2018
- Interment Friday, July 13, 2018
Raymond G. Brehm Jr.
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July 6, 2018
I have known Ray for probably the 50 + years he and Gail have been married. Gail and I grew up together in Rocky River, were best friends, and stayed in contact over the years through marriage, children, grandchildren. Kristen's wedding was a beautiful occasion and Ray was so proud to walk her down the aisle. My fondest memory of our times together was our cruise to Alaska with some of Gail and my high school classmates for our 50th reunion. Gail and Ray and Allen (my dear husband who passed away in December of 2014) and I took a trip through the Canadian Rockies by train before the cruise. I will remember that trip always as a highlight of my life. Allen and Ray bonded - Allen enjoyed talking with Ray about history and other topics of interest to both of them, and we all experienced memorable moments on our train trip and the Alaskan cruise.
Gail, Kristen, Eric, Ray, and families - I express my deepest sympathy to all of you and I pray that you are all finding peace in knowing that Ray is no longer enduring the pain and burden of his failing health over the years, especially in recent time. Gail, you have been Ray's guardian angel and there for him always, no matter how bad the circumstances were.
Ray, Rest in peace in God's Garden.