Raymond E. Luper Sr. of Buffalo, a chef, died Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 61.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Luper graduated from Emerson Vocational High School. He served as a cook in the Army for three years and later was a chef at several area restaurants.
He gained a certificate in business administration from Erie Community College and a certificate in office management from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. He last worked as a cab driver for Broadway Taxi in the late 1990s.
Surviving are his wife, Delphine Chinn Luper; a daughter, Johanna M. of Buffalo; two sons, Fred D. III of Buffalo and Marcus A. Sr. of Buffalo; a stepdaughter, Latrease Brown of Buffalo; three sisters, Bernice Hargrove of New Britain, Conn., and Beatrice Gossom and Naomi Isherwood, both of Buffalo; four brothers, James of Las Vegas and Fred Jr., Joseph and David, all of Buffalo; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in True Church of God in Christ, 1015 Fillmore Ave.