Raymond Robert Barczak, age 85, of Erie, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born in Erie on November 15, 1928, son of the late Stanley and Josephine Zukowski Barczak.
Ray was a U.S. Postal Service employee for over 20 years, prior to his retirement in 1989. He was a standout baseball, basketball, and football player for Tech, and helped lead the West stars to a 21-7 victory during the 1947 "Save-An-Eye" game. Ray's football talent earned him a full scholarship to attend Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, yet he elected to join the U.S. Air Force
, and served during the Korean War
, stationed in England. He was a 37 year member of the American Legion, Carl Neff Post #571, as well as a longtime member of the Erie Siebenbuerger Club. He enjoyed listening to polka music, playing golf, bowling, fishing, and was also skilled within the sport of throwing darts.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Bainbridge Barczak, in 2011; two sisters: Stasia "Sally" Barczak Osmanski and Florence Rzodkiewicz, and two brothers: Frank and Leonard Zielewski.
Survivors include one brother, Joseph Barczak of Erie; six children: Jessie Barczak of Tampa, Fla., Gary Bainbridge (Linda) of Erie, Joe Shallenberger (Jane) of Minneapolis, Minn., Lisa Gnibus, Laura Clark and Patricia Wisor (Gary), all of Harborcreek; nine grandchildren: Thomas (T.J.) Bainbridge, Chris Bainbridge, Amy Sonquist (Ben), Joe Shallenberger, Jr. (Katie), David Shallenberger, Peter Shallenberger (Cassie), Nicole Gnibus, Kristy Gnibus and Kailyn Wisor; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Brevillier Village Community, the Millcreek Manor, and Regional Hospice, for all the wonderful care given to Ray.
Friends will be received at South Harborcreek United Methodist Church, 7929 McGill Rd., on Thursday, from 5 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service to be conducted there at 6 p.m., by the Rev. Keith McGarvey, Pastor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Carl Neff Post #571, 1917 Eastern Ave., Erie, PA 16510, or, to the
-Greater PA Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501.
Arrangements are being handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd. To send condolences, please visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2014