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December 28, 2013
Ramon P. "Ray" Grapsy Jr., 80, of Pottsville, died Saturday night at home.
Born in Korn Krest, Sept. 23, 1933, he was a son of the late Ray P. Sr. and Eve Yezefski Grapsy.
He was a graduate of Pottsville High School and Penn State University.
Ray was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
He was a truck dealer for more than 50 years and was president of the former West End Motor Co. and West End Leasing Co.
Ray was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a lector.
He was a founding member of PA Truck Dealer, where he served as president and later received the PA Truck Dealer of the year award and was a founding member of Idealease. He was also a member of the Inter national Harvester Dealer Council; Knights of Columbus Council 431, where he received his 4th degree; Pottsville Club, where served as vice president of the board; Pottsville Lions Club; Catholic War Veteran Post 1051; 40-year member of Yorkville Hose Company; Explorer Troop Leader; and was president and basketball coach for St. John's CYO.
He was an avid hunter and loved to hunt bear in Maine. Ray also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and loved to golf and visited many famous courses. He also had his pilot license.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Joan Marie Kriston; four children, Ramon P. III, Moscow, Debra A. Guers and her husband, Edward, Pottsville, Mark A. and his wife, Elaine, Schuylkill Haven, and Michael and his wife, Edith, Macungie: a brother, Ronald P., Bloomsburg: 12 grandchildren, Samantha, Rebecca, Edward II, Casey, Taylor, Jillian, Raymond IV, Paige, Kaylee, Shane, Michael Jr. and Ava; nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with the Rev. David J. Loeper as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday at the church. The family would prefer remembrances in form of contributions made to St. John Memorial Fund, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment with military honors will be held at St. John No. 2 Cemetery, Pottsville. James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences to Ray's family can be made by signing the guest book at www.jehumphreyfuneralhome.com.
James E. Humphrey Funeral Home
1112 West Market St Pottsville, PA 17901
Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 31, 2013