Raymond E. Sprites, age 76 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Born January 27, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John and Constance (Montana) Sprites.
A 1958 graduate of Clairton High School, Ray was an avid golfer and former member of both the Pleasant Hills and Clairton American Legions. He was a member of St. Thomas A' Becket Roman Catholic Church, was the former owner and proprietor of the Practice Tee Golf Center in Jefferson Hills, and also worked as a manager in the computer department at US Steel. Ray is survived by his wife of 56 years Charlotte "Ceci" (Whetzel) Sprites; his children Jim (Julie) Sprites of Jefferson Hills, Karen Absten of Crosslanes, WV, and Todd (Lisa) Sprites of Clarksburg, MD; his grandchildren Olivia, Ray, Cecilia, Taura, Noelle, Anna, Christopher, Jeremy, and Madison; his great-granddaughter Callie; his son-in-law Scott McCormick; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter Cindy McCormick, his son-in-law Charles Absten, and his brothers Russell and John "Babe" Sprites. Friends will be received in The A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. A Blessing Service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10:30 AM with Rev. Daniel Maurer officiating. Interment will be private at the request of the family. The family asks that memorial contributions in Ray's name be made to the family to help defray Ray's medical expenses. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published August 10, 2017.