Ray Rhee DeBlass

October 21, 1909 - March 13, 2005

10/21/1909 - 03/13/2005

Past Services

Visitation
Friday March 18, 2005
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home-Bellaire
441-37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Additional Information:

VIGIL SERVICE 4:15 PM

SONS OF ITALY 7:30 PM

Cemetery
Saturday March 19, 2005
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-2426 Be | Directions
Service
Saturday March 19, 2005
9:30 am
St. John Catholic Church
415-37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions
Visitation
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home-Bellaire
441-37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Additional Information:

VIGIL SERVICE 4:15 PM

SONS OF ITALY 7:30 PM

Ray Rhee DE BLASS, 95 was born October 21, 1909 in a little house in Bellaire, Ohio, passed away of natural causes on March 13, 2005 at the age of 95 while spending his annual winter vacation visiting his daughter in California.

He was the eldest son of Giovanni Nicola and Maria Morelli DeBlasis. His family included seven children, brothers, Arthur, Elmer, Alfred and sister Angela Decker all deceased and surviving brother, John DeBlasis and sister Lena Zatezalo both of Bellaire, Ohio.

He married Constance Massa, and celebrated 53 wonderful years before her passing in 1984.He continued to reside in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

During the Depression, Ray worked at any job he could find. Encouragement from a Hanna Coal supervisor led him to borrow money and buy his first truck to haul coal from the mines. Thus, with a partner, Paul Duffy deceased, Duffy and De Blass was born.

The company flourished and still continues today. Ray never forgot that he was once poor and struggling and was ready to share his good fortune with his family, church and his community.

When St. John’s Catholic Church had the new Grotto of the Assumption, Ray promised to keep the four vases at the shrine supplied with fresh flowers every week. When the two Bellaire ball fields needed leveling and scrapping, Ray volunteered to spend Sundays putting them into first class shape. Everyone he met was touched by his kindness and generosity.

He was involved in many community groups, including the Madonna Crusaders, Sons of Italy Lodge, Italian-American Club, Bellaire Elks Lodge, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Ray is survived by a daughter, Patricia Repic, son-in-law, Ed Repic, four grandchildren, Terri Lynn Tabib, Ted Repic, Toni Moorhead of California and Ray Repic of Atlanta, Georgia, seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Ray was dearly loved by his many friends, neighbors and especially his family.

Family and friends will be received Friday March 18, 2005 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home and Crematory, 441-37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass Saturday March 19, 2005 at 9:30 am in St. John’s Catholic Church Bellaire, with Monsignor Gene W. Mullett, as celebrant.

Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, Ohio.

Vigil services will be held on Friday at 4:15 pm, Sons of Italy services at 7:30 pm Friday in the funeral home.

A reception following the funeral, will be held at the Sons of Italy Lodge in Bellaire.

May the Lord protect you within his arms, we will love and miss you always.

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Michael A Massa
8 years ago

“In Heaven there is no beer.”

Until Uncle Ray showed up.

There must be one great party

going on up there…

May God Bless His Soul.

Love Mike

Cathy Benedetta
8 years ago

“Uncle Rhee” was a wonderful gentile giant of a man. I will always remember him and how much fun he was. Although we were not blood related, my sister and brothers and I all thought of him as our uncle. He bowled for many years with our Dad, Gene Benedetta and they were such great friends. We had wonderful times at the bowling picnics at Tappin lake with the Pabst Blue Ribbon team. He will be greatley missed!!

LewJohnLambros
8 years ago

May God be with all of you. I remember Ray when I was a youth in Bellaire in the 1950ís. He always encouraged me when I was playing youth football. I really needed that. He definitely will be missed by the entire community.

Lew John Lambros

Son of John Lambros Belmont Restaurant

Nephew of Andy and Esther Lambros.

David DeBlasis
8 years ago

Our condolences to the DeBlasis Family. Rhee was our father Richie’s and our Uncle Ernie’s cousin. Rest in Peace.

Dennis, Butch, Rick and David DeBlasis

Patrick DeMarco
8 years ago

The DeBlass Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Toni Moorhead
8 years ago

We will have a shot of Crown Royal in your honor on Easter. I just wish you could be there to drink it with us. We miss you and pray for you.

Your Granddaughter Toni and Family