Delbert  Ray
Delbert "Johnny" Ray, 67, of New Castle passed away the evening of Feb. 10, 2020, at Beaver Valley Rehabilitation Center.
Born on July 16, 1952, in Butler, he was a son of the late Howard E. and Edna Mae Hovis Ray.
Johnny had worked as a crane operator for Lear's in New Castle.
He loved the outdoors, especially going fishing. Johnny also enjoyed playing the guitar and socializing with his friends.
Johnny is survived by his fiancee, Linda Alterburg; his two brothers, Howard "Bud" Ray of Pennsylvania and James (Sandy) Ray of Virginia; two sisters, Sarah (Ed) Pendleton Ray of Nevada and Patricia (James) Perry of Virginia; 16 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 10 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra "Sandy" Ray.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
A service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home on Saturday. The Rev. Richard Nero will officiate.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting
Published on February 12, 2020


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Feb 15, 2020
Uncle Johnny I am going to miss you so much!!!! My memories of you from when I was a little girl. Every time us girls would go over ti grandma and grandpaps first thing I did walking into the house was go to your room knowing you would be there. Everywhere you went I was right there beside you. The one time uncle jimmy wasn't home and he always had his bike in his room but we weren't allowed i his room but that one time you took me in there si i could see his bike, and told me we won't tell your uncle jimmy, and until right now he probably didn't even know, haha. I love you so much and will miss you dearly uncle Johnny!! I tried so hard to get to see you and it hurts me so bad that I didn...'t make it. Everyone has favorites but shhhh we won't tell them it is our secret. Haha. I love you rest in peach uncle johnny!!!Read more
Little Brother Jimmy
Feb 14, 2020
All of my favorite childhood memories include my brother, John. We would go fishing at Maple Lake, cook our cans of beans and Spam on the campfire and stay all night, whether the fish were biting or not. When I was about 8, I remember getting cars from Kern's junk yard and turning them into "Field Stompers" that we'd drive all over the strip mine... as far as a few cents of gas would take us. He would tape blocks to the pedals so I could reach them. John sparked my interest in turning wrenches as I helped him keep our cars running and the 18 wheelers rolling. He was the best diesel mechanic I've ever known. He and his friends did lead me into a scrape or two along the way, but I could alwa...ys count on John to watch my back; we were inseparable, and he taught me everything. The best times were when Dad, Bud, John and Carl Mick got together to play music, and I remember how mad Mom would get when they played too late into the night. When Sunny died, John lost his spark, and withdrew as his way to deal with his grief. I didn't hear from him for long periods of time, and I worried daily if he was OK. I've missed you Brother, but I'll be listening for the laughter when you and Sunny start telling your fish stories again.Read more
Carolynn Louise (Fife) Panagiotopoulos
Feb 13, 2020
My Uncle John,
Sweet, Kind, Hardworker and Independent. As his oldest niece and first grandchild of his parents, all of my growing up years Uncle John was there. I learned how to eat mashed potatoes the right way from him! Lots of butter a little salt and lots of pepper!! Once when I was maybe 11 or 12 he took me to a friends place and we went for a horseback ride! Then we went to Eppingers for a milk shake. We caught heck from Grandma because it was right before supper!
Another time when I was younger maybe 7 or 8 years old, I rode with him to Cals store, I think it was Cals. He was buying a pack of cigarettes. When we got back in the car and driving back to Grandma's. He opened the pack an
...d lit one up.
I told him he needs to quit smoking. THEN I took the brand new pack crumpled it up and threw it out of the car!!! I still bust a gut laughing about how he yelled at me and just laughed at him and said something like, "well, that's what you get!"

He was a great, great mechanic.

I always loved hearing him play his guitar...

I love you and
I miss you Uncle John.
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Twila Mick Simko
Feb 13, 2020
Johnny was one special guy, always working on cars and such when he was younger. He and my brother Carl built many prototypes, so to speak. One in particular they used parts of this and that, put 2 wheels on it, bicycle handlebars and a lawnmower motor. No brakes and only one gear. So they had to prop the back wheel up, pull the start rope, and then the other one would kick the prop out from under it and it would take off...for a bit, until whoever was on it would wreck. He will never be forgotten. Condolences to his loved ones.
Feb 13, 2020
I remember when dad and uncle johnny would work on cars in the driveway it was so fun to watch .. They would get so mad, later they would play their guitars and sing and mess around, we didn't spend much time at granpap rays, but when we did it was always entertaining ... I have so many good memories .. For instance ... Holidays specifically Thanksgiving and Christmad at gramma & pap Mick's house, when I was finally old enough and allowed to play touch football with the "so called adults" which by the way they acted more my age ... All of them... This includes my mother aunts and their spouses ... Awesome memories, what fun lol .. I waited so many years to play... He was a big part of my growing up ... I will always remember those times .. They have been near and dear to my heart .. Rest in piece Uncle Johnny ...Read more
Annette (Ray) Cox
Feb 13, 2020
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Mike and Marcie Rogan
Feb 13, 2020
John was the best man at our wedding. He fell off the kneeler during the church service. We often wondered where he was.