July 18, 1935 - Nov. 10, 2013
ELKHART - Raymond Earl "Ray" Checchio, 78, of Elkhart, returned to his heavenly home Sunday evening, November 10, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on July 18, 1935, in Elkhart, to the late Joseph A. and Stella R. (Whittaker) Checchio. Ray was an only child and faced the traumatic experience of losing his mother at the age of nine. On September 22, 1962, he married Lonita "Dunny" Blosser. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Lonita; a daughter, Monica (Mark) Christian; his granddaughter, Shelby E. Christian; and a close cousin, Joseph P. Checchio. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond Jr. Mr. Checchio retired from CTS Corporation after more than 50 years of service. Ray had a love of old cars and trucks, and used to give his granddaughter rides in his Model A. He also enjoyed watching Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies. From an early age, Ray developed a love of music and learned to play guitar. His daughter and granddaughter passed on this love of music "especially class rock" to him. Ray was especially proud of his Italian ancestry and was known for his great sense of humor. He will be missed by all, and especially his granddaughter Shelby and her dog Ellen or jashjoboogie whom he spent much time with, prior to his passing. Please join with his family for a time of visitation and sharing from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart, where friends may call for a 1/2 hour prior to start of Mass. Rev. Glenn Kohrman will officiate. In keeping with Ray's wishes, cremation will follow with burial at a later date at St. Vincent Cemetery, where the U.S Army
will render military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request memorials to Elkhart County Humane Society. Please visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com
to share a memory or condolence with Ray's family.