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Ray M. Protich

Ray M. Protich, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

Ray was born Aug. 25, 1934 at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, to the late Ray and Sylvia Protich.
Ray attended and graduated from Kenmore High School in 1953 having lettered all 4 years in baseball and lettered in basketball. He attended Akron University for 1 year and then joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany where he also played baseball and coached the battalion basketball team and had the honor of playing against the Harlem Globetrotters. He started the first bowling league at the Post.
After Ray’s honorable discharge he signed with the Cincinnati Baseball Club (Reds) and had a promising career until he had to pitch a 19 inning, 3 hit game that ruined his shoulder. He later enjoyed bowling, softball and golf.
He retired from Western and Southern Life in 1989 with 28 years of service. He was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990 with an impressive record beginning at the age of 9.
Ray later worked for the NAIFEDA Organization and Roses Run Golf Club. He was a past member of VFW Post 3383.
In addition to his parents, Ray is preceded in death by his grandson, Scott Protich; and sister, Beverly (Chuck) Karnuth. He is survived by wife of 60 years, Jeanne Protich; sons, Michael (Cynthia) and Ryan (Michelle) Protich; daughter, Kim Sanchez; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends.
Private burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

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so sorry for your loss. i too am a protich. i have a brother named raymond and my name is jeanne. there is a heather also. we don't live in ohio. perhaps we are related or maybe not, but just the same i am sorry for your loss.

jeanne l christy Mar 9 2022 7:40 AM

Oh my goodness I am so sorry to see this. I remember all the wonderful times my parents had with Ray and Jeanne.. My love goes to the entire Protich family and to Jeanne much love to you. Sending prayers.

Stefanie Moore Custer Jan 12 2022 9:29 PM

May God comfort each one of you during this difficult time. May the many years of wonderful memories bring peace to your hearts.

Tim and Renee (Russell) Licause

Renee Licause Dec 31 2021 10:06 PM

Miss you papa. Love you so much rest in peace

Heather Protich Dec 29 2021 9:31 AM

My condolences. I feel I am a better man having known Ray as he was like another father figure Ryan and my many great friends Dad's were! it's also great that my own dad and Ray were inducted into
the Akron Baseball Hall of Fame on the the same night .

Much love to you all as, I have many very fond memories of my friendship with the Protich Family especially my other Mom too.

Mike Horning Dec 28 2021 6:22 PM

Ryan / Michelle, my condolences on the loss of your father/father-in-law. Sure sounds as if he had one successful life with his career, baseball and family. May god be with the family during this difficult time.

Michael McCarty Dec 28 2021 6:42 AM

Jeanne & Family so sorry for your lost. You and the children have many good memories of Ray thru the years. Our thoughts are with you,

Patricia Russell Dec 27 2021 1:41 PM