YOUNGSTOWN - Raymond Best, 75, died Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013, at Autumn Hills Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ray was born Feb. 1, 1938, in Youngstown, the son of Harry and Irene Burkhart Best.
He was raised in Poland and was a graduate of Poland Seminary High School. Ray was a sales representative for water well supplies at Trumbull Industries and Miller Supply Company. He retired from the state of Ohio as a NRW for Mosquito Lake State Park.
Ray was a member of the Friends of Mosquito Lake State Park Inc. and the Saxon Club. An outdoorsman, Ray loved boating, fishing and camping. Ray was known for his woodworking and enjoyed collecting Santa Clauses and toy trains sets. It was always Christmas at the "Best Home." Ray never met a stranger, he was a friend to everybody.
Ray is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Binder, whom he married March 10, 2001; one son, David (Kathy) Best of Canfield; two stepsons, Rick (Rania) Fullerton of California and Jeff Ulizza of Texas; one son-in-law, Paul Vagnarelli of Youngstown; one brother, Carl Best of Tampa, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Evie Best of New Waterford; five grandchildren, Paul (Lori) Vagnarelli, James Best, Kristi Vagnarelli, Drake Fullerton and Brittany Best; one great-grandchild, Gianna Vagnarelli; numerous nieces and nephews; and his cats, Snuggles, Snickers, Smokey, Skeeter and Sammy.
Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by one son, James Best; one daughter, Karen Vagnarelli; and one brother, Richard L. Best.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.
In honoring Ray's wish, there will not be a funeral service.
Ray's family requests any memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Friends of Mosquito Lake State Park Inc., 1439 state Route 305, Cortland, OH 44410.
Condolences may be sent at www.becker-obits.com.