Raymond Joseph Denault Sr., 94 years young, of Daleville, Pa., formerly of Thornhurst, Pa., passed away on May 11, 2013. He was the husband of Chyleen Carey Denault, and the late Rosalie (Lee) Grab Denault.
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Born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 3, 1919, he was the son of the late Aiken and Blanche Broulliard Denault. He was a 1938 graduate of Rindge Technical High School, where he studied journalism. He was employed as a printer with the Scranton Tribune and later with the Catholic Light Newspaper, from which he retired.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, where he served as crew chief and later a flight engineer with the AAF Tactical Air Command, 1st Air Force with the rank of sergeant.
Ray was an extremely active community volunteer and served as: member and past president, North Pocono Board of Education; member and past chairman, North Pocono Joint School Authority; secretary-treasurer, Thornhurst Twp.; secretary, Thornhurst Twp. Planning Commission; member, North Pocono Planning Commission; member, North Pocono Council of Governments; and charter member of the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. He was a member of the Catholic faith.
Ray is survived by his wife, Chyleen Carey Denault of Daleville; and seven children by his first marriage: a son, Raymond Denault Jr. and wife, Linda, Clarks Summit, Pa.; and six daughters, Patricia Wincek and husband, Leonard, Thornhurst, Pa.; Therese Erk and husband, Russell, Phoenixville, Pa.; Pamela McCusker and husband, Mark, Hanover, Pa.; Constance Sanko and husband, John, Moscow, Pa.; Kimberly Kerrick and husband, Howard, Blakeslee, Pa.; and Christine Carroll and husband, Kenneth, Thornhurst, Pa. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Jeannette Wright, Peoria, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was predeceased by his first wife, Rosalie (Lee) Grab Denault, in 1987, and their son, Christopher, in 1970; also, two brothers, Roland of Fort Smith, Ark.; and Milton of Silver Spring, Md.; and two sisters, Cecile Mazza of Belmont, Mass.; and Marguerite Phelps of Merritt Island, Fla.
He touched many people's lives and will be remembered for his quick-witted sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family may call at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, on Tuesday, May 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be Wednesday, May 15, at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home beginning at 9 a.m. with a viewing, followed by a blessing service at 10. Interment with military honors will be held immediately following at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's name in memory of his son, Christopher, to St. Joseph's Center Foundation, P.O. Box 388, Dunmore, PA 18512-0388.
For online condolences, go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Published in Scranton Times on May 13, 2013