Raymond Francis Stephenson

Born: 07/05/1954 Passed:

Raymond Francis Stephenson age 67 of North Olmsted, passed away on November 2, 2021. Ray was a dedicated employee of the North Olmsted City School system for many years. He was a die-hard football fan and was particularly fond of the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Ray had a big personality and a great sense of humor. He loved vacationing to the Western United States to camp and visit national parks.

He was the father of Bryce (Michael) and Caden; grandfather to Atlas and Knox; husband of 25 years to Billie; brother of Judy (Ray), Peggy, Cathy, Diane, Agnes (Tom), and Russell (deceased) (Georgeann). Ray had many beloved nieces and nephews. He had so many friends that meant so much to him.

Donations can be made in his honor to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Per his wishes, there will be no service. Upon his passing, Ray provided the incredible gift of life and transplantation to others through LifeBanc.

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8 Tributes to Raymond Francis Stephenson

  1. Janice Stevens says:

    My condolences to the family of Ray Stephenson. I knew Ray since forever when we worked for North Olmsted City Schools. I believe we started there around the same time and our paths crossed many times throughout the years. I was truly fond of Ray, especially for his bubbling personality, work ethic, friendliness, sense of humor, love of his family, and being such a good guy. I remember when he and Billie were married and the birth of each of his sons. He will be missed and I am honored that I knew him throughout the years.

    • Glenn Luttner says:

      I am broken hearted to hear about Ray’s death. He was a great friend for many years. He was a true asset to North Olmsted Schools. He often kept us in stiches with his one liners and natural sense of humor. Ray was always a very kind soul, willing to help his friends whenever possible. He will be missed.

  2. Murray (Mickey) Withrow says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Ray`s passing and please accept my condolences to the family. Ray and I were friends in high school. I bought my very first car from Ray. it was a 1960(?) Mercury Monterrey seemed as big as a boat. Ray was always a good friend and very kind-hearted. So very sorry that he has passed at such a young age. Have not seen him since graduation. But in reading his notice, he had a full life filled with much love from family and friends. I`m sure he will be carried in the hearts of those that loved him. May you rest in peace, my friend. God Bless you.

  3. Danielle says:

    He was a very sweet guy and will always be remembered as the helper at butternut. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  4. Gary Novak says:

    I worked with Ray for many years when I was principal at North Olmsted Hih School and later as Director of Human Resources. Ray lit up a room with his personality, he had a great sense of humor, was always willing to help out in a time of need and did his job with great diligence and pride. Though I lost track of Ray the last few years, I will always remember that he was a good man. I will remember Ray and his family in my daily prayers.

  5. Christina Greywitt says:

    I am saddened to learn of Ray’s death. His great sense of humor had the staff at Butternut in stitches often. He always saw the humorous side of things. He was fun, but very dedicated to his work and responsibilities, often going above the call of duty. He also cared about the students. Sending my most sincere sympathy to his family.

  6. Tommy Chung says:

    I was in second grade and my mom gave me permission to buy ice cream at lunch for the first time ever. I get up to where Ray was taking the money and handing out the ice cream. I was kinda nervous because didn’t know what I wanted and I didn’t want to get something I didn’t like. So I stood there for a few seconds trying to decide what to get. Some older kids behind me yelled out, “Hurry up and pick something Chinaman!” Ray snapped his finger, pointed at them, and yelled at the kids, “Shut your mouth, little punks.” And then he paid for my ice cream. Never forgot this…

    Rest in peace, Ray.

    • Julie Leege says:

      I hope you are dancing in heaven Uncle Raymond . You will be missed and my condolences go out to Aunt Billie and my cousins.I love you

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