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“Beatty and family, With great sadness, we had to say 'good bye' to a people's person! Ray was all about people and being there for them. He has...Read More »
1 of 63 | Posted by: Mike and Julie Baumer

“Dear Betty, I am so saddened to hear Ray is no longer with us. He was a bright spot in this world. He cheered up everybody he saw. My thoughts are...Read More »
2 of 63 | Posted by: Dave Martin

“So sad to hear that Ray has passed on. I remember what a fun, energetic person he was to work with on numerous Jingle Bell Run events. He always...Read More »
3 of 63 | Posted by: John Babilon - Bellbrook, OH

“May fair winds and following seas always be with you Ray. You are one of those people that I had a chance to meet and will always remember like "Your...Read More »
4 of 63 | Posted by: Joseph Ledweg

“We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Definitely fond memories of him at the finish line. Praying for you Betty, and the whole family. Many...Read More »
5 of 63 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family as they remember many happy memories. We will remember many of his family, especially Kristen, his...Read More »
6 of 63 | Posted by: Tom and Becky Laurent

“Our thoughts and prayers are for Ms. Jill and the entire family. ”
7 of 63 | Posted by: MCESC Students&Staff


8 of 63 | Posted by: Debbie Lyall - Urbana, OH

“Prayers and deepest condolences to Betty and family. I first met Ray one day at an exercise class as he had on a UD T-Shirt. My daughter Ashley was a...Read More »
9 of 63 | Posted by: Kathy Kavanaugh and Ashley Kavanaugh UD'07

“A man that took me under his wing and taught me the true meaning of running. Ray and I stood at many a running race together. Me at the front with...Read More »
10 of 63 | Posted by: Chris Brady

“So sorry to learn of Ray's passing. What a great man! As God welcomes Ray to his new home, I am sure Ray will have an idea to share with HIM about...Read More »
11 of 63 | Posted by: Jerry Whetstone


12 of 63 | Posted by: ROb Dennis

“I met Ray when my father and I began running many years ago. He was so very encouraging and ALWAYS had that smile on his face. We looked forward to...Read More »
13 of 63 | Posted by: gail walker

“I was quite saddened to learn of Ray's passing. Who could ever forget his bright smile and his Retirement Village People performances? I worked at...Read More »
14 of 63 | Posted by: Karen McTaggart - Kettering, OH

“Ray Olfky was "real". There was nothing murky...no alternative motives,,,no hidden agendas--he was genuine. He was genuine in his love of people,...Read More »
15 of 63 | Posted by: Byron Kimmel

“Ray was a super nice man that could make you laugh...A true ray of sunshine, he will be greatly missed in the running circle. My prayers go out to...Read More »
16 of 63 | Posted by: Chiquita Davis - Dayton, OH

“Ray was one of the greatest guys I've ever known,a man that was GREAT to work with and when he talked me into working with him as a Retired village...Read More »
17 of 63 | Posted by: Rick Schoby - Beavercreek, OH

“Ray was just that...a ray of sunshine that you could always count on to make you smile. His enthisiasm and love of exercise inspires me always. He...Read More »
18 of 63 | Posted by: Cynthia Brooks

“RIP, Ray. ”
19 of 63 | Posted by: Frank Titus - Dayton, OH

“My deepest condolences. Ray was a kind and brave man who made a difference in the lives of so many people. He included my son in helping to...Read More »
20 of 63 | Posted by: Georgianna Parisi

“We will seriously miss Ray's smile at the many races. He always made us smile too and gave Wayne many congratulations on his races. He was a very...Read More »
21 of 63 | Posted by: Wayne and Marcy Doehlman

“Betty and family, so very sorry for your loss. Ray was a kind and gentle smile in this world. May he Rest In Peace ”
22 of 63 | Posted by: Don and Cissy Hansen

“Very few know how much Ray did for the running community. He was a trend setter and a doer. He will be greatly missed ”
23 of 63 | Posted by: Neal Charske

“To Betty and family, Ray was a terrific man who never knew a stranger and showed kindness to everyone. He will be missed at all the UD basketball...Read More »
24 of 63 | Posted by: Roy&Ev; Caudill

“There will always be Rays of Sunshine in my heart. Thoughts and prayers with him and his wonderful family and friends. ”
25 of 63 | Posted by: Micah Sun

“Sending My Condolences to the Olfky family❤ Sending prayers, love, and Hugs to you!! ”
26 of 63 | Posted by: Jennifer Harris - Dayton, OH

“Sending My Condolences to the Olfky family❤ Sending prayers, love, and Hugs to you!! ”
27 of 63 | Posted by: Jennifer Harris - Dayton, OH

“Ray was a real gem and we will always remember him fondly. He was definitely the "Ray of Sunshine". Our deepest condolences to Betty and family as...Read More »
28 of 63 | Posted by: Mike and Donna Dorsten

“I can barely remember a Dayton area race without seeing Ray's infectious smile and hearing his enthusiasm crossing the finish line. What wonderful...Read More »
29 of 63 | Posted by: Alicia and Joe Scaglione

“Sometimes you are lucky enough to meet someone, even if for a few minutes, that has a lasting impact on your life. My family knew Ray over the years...Read More »
30 of 63 | Posted by: Julie Duffy

“Ray recruited me for the Army Guard in 1973! This Retired Colonel is deeply indebted to him. I will offer my mass intention tomorrow for him and his...Read More »
31 of 63 | Posted by: Dennis Ryan - The Villages, FL


32 of 63 | Posted by: Debbie Walker - Trotwood, OH


33 of 63 | Posted by: Ann Marquis - Dayton, OH

“Ray had a passion for life and living that was infectious. Being around him you wanted to do more, smile more, try a little harder. He excelled at...Read More »
34 of 63 | Posted by: A friend

Friend and  fellow team RWB member.We will miss you Ray
35 of 63 | Posted by: Sharon Bowling

“We will miss seeing Ray's smile at the UD basketball and volleyball games! He always had a smile for everyone. Our love and prayers go out to Betty...Read More »
36 of 63 | Posted by: Peg and Jim Kniesly

“Our hearts are saddened at the loss and our hearts are filled with prayers and our minds filled with thoughts for Betty and the family. We enjoyed...Read More »
37 of 63 | Posted by: Richard & Crystal Barton

“Ray was a mentor, boss and co-worker over the years. We shared many experiences and at times agreeded to disagree. But it was a very good...Read More »
38 of 63 | Posted by: Mike Bauman - Oklahoma City, OK

“As I preform tonight, as the Indian at 5th 3rd field, I know I will feel Ray's presence, because he stood next to me as we preformed on the dugouts...Read More »
39 of 63 | Posted by: David Johnson

“Our hearts are with you. ”
40 of 63 | Posted by: Cheryl and Hersh Rosenthal

“Many running and race organization memories. We will miss your smiling face ! ”
41 of 63 | Posted by: Jim Bartram Buck Creek Road Runners

“Sorry for your loss. Prayers ”
42 of 63 | Posted by: A friend

“Ray, it's hard to find the right words to express what a special friend you were to me over the past almost three decades. You were a complete...Read More »
43 of 63 | Posted by: Karen & Dan Brumit

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ray, We will miss you and your great sense of humor at the Dayton Dragons RVP. Jim and Debbie Boggs ”
44 of 63 | Posted by: Jim and Debbie Boggs

“There's an on-line forum titled VU Hoops where folks associated with all things Villanova (but overwhelmingly VU basketball) can post comments and...Read More »
45 of 63 | Posted by: Bill Friel for VU Hoops

“God Bless and Thank You Ray for the gifts of love, service, expertise, and energy you gave to all of us over the years. Your UD students, athletes,...Read More »
46 of 63 | Posted by: George De Marco

“Ray inspired so many people. I will always carry his memory with me as I go through life. My favorite run is the DRCC. I always arrive alone, but I...Read More »
47 of 63 | Posted by: Shauna Kim Keely-Badgley

“He was a wonderful man and an outstanding leader of the Ohio River Roadrunners Club. I will miss him. Steve Price ”
48 of 63 | Posted by: Steve Price - Piqua, OH - friend

“Gone too soon. It was a delight meeting you. Rest in peace. ”
49 of 63 | Posted by: Guelsis Garmendia - Centerville, OH

“Betty, we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing him at the Dragons games. ”
50 of 63 | Posted by: Jim and Marty Schmidt

“Ray was such a great influence for the sport of running in the Dayton region. Truly missed by all that knew him. Condolences to Betty, Kristen and...Read More »
51 of 63 | Posted by: Shane Conley - (Five Rivers MetroParks - Retired)

“Gone too soon - Rest in Peace, Ray. Our thoughts and prayers continue for Betty, Kristen and all family members. ”
52 of 63 | Posted by: Bill & Libby Friel

“Ray's smiling face and friendly greetings at every Dayton area race will be greatly missed. Ray was always there to encourage and help runners...Read More »
53 of 63 | Posted by: Richard Royce Weidner

“Condolences to family and friends. I first met Ray when we both jumped out of a plane at 12.00 feet in Middletown, and learned that we only lived 1...Read More »
54 of 63 | Posted by: Gary (Kim) Horton

“What a great person. I have known Ray for many, many years, and all I got from him was sunshine and smiles. He will be terribly missed by so, so many...Read More »
55 of 63 | Posted by: Gemma Orf - Centerville, OH

“Ray was and is a very special person. He is one of those few people who seem to make being open to God's presence in our daily lives seem simple and...Read More »
56 of 63 | Posted by: Sister Mary Auguste Biache (Mary) Biache -ND'64 - NJ

“What a profound impact Ray had on so many. His memory will always bring a smile to my face. RIP my friend. ”
57 of 63 | Posted by: Mike Tucker - Dayton, OH


58 of 63 | Posted by: Stephen & Michele Olfky - MD

“He will be missed. ”
59 of 63 | Posted by: Connie Bhimani - Miamisburg, OH

“Remembering Ray from the CEMS office at Tinker Air Force Base. He loved his Sports and the group had fun going to Oklahoma University basketball game...Read More »
60 of 63 | Posted by: Jane Neely - Nicoma Park, OK

“A friend since 1961 and an inspiration for all of those years. I will offer Mass for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family and all...Read More »
61 of 63 | Posted by: Fr John Sheehan, SJ Amman, Jordan

“Ray was one of the best! I will always remember his smile and encouragement. He ran the Xenia half marathon beside my Dad who was 81, encouraging...Read More »
62 of 63 | Posted by: Carol Cole - Carlisle, OH

“To an awesome Man, friend, Father, Grandfather and Mentor. Raymond will always be in my heart and mind. I truly don't have the word's too explain my...Read More »
63 of 63 | Posted by: Vincent Odell Harris Sr


OLFKY, Raymond Edward, age 70, passed away on 12 August 2017. Ray was born October 12, 1946, to Anthony and Margaret Olfky in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, Trenton, NJ in 1964. He received his BA in Economics from Villanova University in 1968 and his MS in Management Science from University of Dayton on 1979. From 1968 until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998, Ray worked in program management and logistics for the Air Force Reserves at W.P.A.F.B. He was in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1968 - 1979, and retired from Civil Service in 2002. Ray enjoyed being Adjunct Professor at Sinclair Community College for Supply Chain Management, and Adjunct Professor at University of Dayton’s Department of Health and Sport Science. Ray also found time to be a part of the Dayton Athletic Association, Logistics Officers Association, Dayton International Peace Museum, Knights of Columbus Council 10215, and the UD Flyers Club. He was a member of the Dayton Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Senior Olympics Hall of Fame. Ray enjoyed social groups and was a fond member at Athletes Unknown, Bier River Runners, Ohio River Road Runners Club, A-Team, Team RWB-Dayton, Dayton Dragons Retirement Village People. Ray was also an avid Villanova and University of Dayton fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ray is survived by his wife Betty; sister, Cathey (James Begley) Schuler of WA., brother, James Olfky of MO; 5 children Kristen Olfky, Derek Olfky, James (Kelly) Hansen, Jill (Steve) Neargarder, and Jodie Daniel: 8 grandchildren, Victoria Harris, Marquel Harris, Tony Huber, Brystal Daniel, Sarah Daniel, Jesse Lykins, Reed Neargarder, and Colton Neargarder; and 2 great-grandchildren, Tyler Clark, and Audrey Harris. Special thanks to all of his friends in the running, logistics, and golfing worlds. Family will greet friends on 17 Aug. 2017 from 4-7:00pm at the Routsong Funeral Home, 81 North Main St. Centerville, OH 45459. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00pm Friday, August 18, at St. Leonard Church, 8100 Clyo Rd. Centerville, OH 45458 (There will also be a visitation one hour prior at the Church for the residents of St. Leonard.) Donations of remembrance may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420, or The American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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