Conroy Funeral Home

Raphael J. "Ray" Shouvlin

Service: 6:30pm Thu. April 20th, 2017
Conroy Funeral Home
SHOUVLIN, Raphael Joseph, 62, made his last wildly inappropriate and probably sarcastic comment on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Vero Beach, Florida. Ray was born in Springfield, Ohio, on August 15, 1954, and was immediately dubbed “our favorite child” by Patrick J. and Dorothy P. Shouvlin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and older brother, Thomas P. Shouvlin. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Duncan Shouvlin; proudest accomplishments, Sarah R. Shouvlin (Vanessa Rivera), Frances A. Shouvlin (Trevor Sparaco), Maureen P. Sullivan (Shawn Sullivan), and grandson Braxton Sullivan; two much younger sisters, Tish (Shouvlin) Bonham and Torrie (Shouvlin) Parette; an assortment of outlaws, cousins, and nieces and nephews, along with best friend Daniel Donnelly. But Ray’s demise will not allow any of them to emerge from his shadow. Ray was a member of St. Raphael Church, attended St. Raphael School, and Springfield Catholic Central High School. He then graduate from The Linsly School in West Virginia and attended Jacksonville University in Florida. He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1973, and was stationed in Cape May, New Jersey. In 1976, Ray and Teresa (Nuss) Shouvlin were wed, and swiftly relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, before the New Jersey authorities were notified of his whereabouts. Ray’s employment history was standard: Astronaut, Oyster Shucker, Philanthropist and Head Window Washer. He had two basic philosophies regarding work - “Careers are for the unimaginative” and “Surround yourself with great people and stay the Hell out of the way”. Ray left us knowing that Blazing Saddles was the best movie, Bruce Springsteen IS the best recording artist, Clint Eastwood IS the baddest man on the planet, and that chicks dig El Caminos. Though having less than an average life span, Ray did not live a less than average life. He traveled where he wanted, laughed inappropriately at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix, and loved who he wanted to love. And Ray, we love you back. Ray’s life will be celebrated with friends and family at CONROY FUNERAL HOME in Springfield, OH on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30pm. Family will receive friends an hour prior. We will enjoy his favorite music and share our treasured memories after the service at The Stables restaurant (clubhouse of Windy Knoll Golf Course) in Springfield.

The Ray I knew, knew that no matter what car he drove, chicks would dig him and they did, and Boy oh Boy did I. My Ray loved Elton John, Patsy Cline, and Paul Simon espescaially PS in Africa. My Ray was peaceful. Miraculously he quit drinking. The Strenghth My Ray showed me and gave me strength and optimism Thank you for loving me and marrying me even when folks you dearly loved did not want you to love or marry me.

- Mary Duncan Shouvlin, Friday February 2nd, 2018

I know that there is a Heaven and that you are there my sweet Prince.

- Mary Duncan Shouvlin, Saturday July 29th, 2017

Daniel, for shame on your heading for Jeffrey Goldberg! Obama is the Jewish President for those who live in the shtetl of assimilation, and rely on the Czar, ooops I mean the President, to keep the Cossacks away from their income streams, overblown selneimportafc-, and perhaps pathological need for acceptance by their liberal peers. Israel is clearly, in my opinion, a personal liability for this set.

- Kristy, Sunday May 21st, 2017

We lived next to each other in the 1970s in the same big house made onto apts on No. Fountain Ave. Such good laughs and good times. He is one of a kind. My sympathy to Tish and rest of his family. RIP my friend.

- Susan Daly (Kimble), Thursday April 20th, 2017

Tush I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. My deepest condolences. That was an awesome obituary.

- Chris McGuff Neuhardt, Thursday April 20th, 2017

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We were neighbors in the 60's when you lived on High St. So sorry for your loss Trish. Your family is in our thoughts.

- Denise Turner Wagner, Thursday April 20th, 2017

Sarah, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

- Dawn Popp, Wednesday April 19th, 2017

My heart aches for your family, may God give you strength to carry on. Maureen, Sarah, Frances you are in my thoughts & prayers, Ray was so special to all of us, not to mention so entertaining. His visits always made us laugh, plus all the phone calls from Florida, no once did he not make us smile or laugh. Ray will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace my friend.

- TINA, Wednesday April 19th, 2017

RAY-BOB!!!!! You will always have a place in my heart. You taught me to be a good person. I will miss you more than you would ever know. Love Opie.

- Opie Stewart, Wednesday April 19th, 2017

Maureen,Sarah, & Frances: My heart is hurting. Your in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Ray meant the world to me, and I will never forget all the phone calls. May he Rest in Peace! Love all of you!!!

- TERRI, Tuesday April 18th, 2017

Sooo sorry you girls have lost your dad. We had Ray setting in our back yard every day. Him and Butch are together now. Wonder which one tells ther other the most stories. My prayers are with your families. Nan

- Nancy Stockert , Tuesday April 18th, 2017

Sarah, Maureen and Frances, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing . We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time Uncle Tony and Joanne Silvestri

- Tony & Joanne Silvestri, Tuesday April 18th, 2017

Tish, So sorry on the death of your brother, Ray. I will keep you & family in my thoughts & prayers.

- Mary O'Brien, Tuesday April 18th, 2017

You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

- LEENY, Sunday April 16th, 2017

Sarah and family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave Leach

- Dave Leach, Sunday April 16th, 2017

To all the family & friends, I know our hearts are heavy. Kind of a bittersweet saddness to know that Ray has now gone on to a better place, leaving us behind. He won't be here to brighten our spirits with his Brighter spirit. He is in Heaven with all of the other brighter spirits that we so miss. Wow wasn't he funny! I am also sure they are having a pretty good time up there. I think God must like a good laugh because he created such funny people, and our Ray was one of them!!!

- Jo Fyffe, Sunday April 16th, 2017

Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers, as is the entire Shouvlin family. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless and keep you. I love you, my friend.

- Sue Ball-Allsop, Saturday April 15th, 2017

To my Nieces, Sarah, Fran and Maureen, I love you and I am here if you need anything. I will never forget Raphael J. and his sense of humor. He was always smiling and kept us all smiling with him. You are all in Our prayers. Love, Aunt Tammie and Uncle Tom Nuss

- Tammie Nuss, Saturday April 15th, 2017