Ray Dreihaup

TIONESTA - Ray O. Dreihaup, 93, of Tionesta, formerly of Bradford, died on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) at his home in Tionesta.

He was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Bradford, son of the late Clemens E. and Ivy Owens Dreihaup. On Nov. 27, 1940, in Bradford, he married Lucille Morris Dreihaup, who died April 28, 1998.

Ray graduated from the Smethport High School of Smethport in 1940. He went on and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Korea. After his military tour, he was employed by Pennzoil, where he worked as a truck driver, pumper, and a roustabout in the Bradford oil fields, retiring in 1983 after 42 years of service.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Northern Star #555 F&AM in Duke Center, Masonic Veterans Association of Western Pennsylvania, Bradford Royal Arch Chapter #260, Bradford Council #43, Trinity Commandeer #58 of Knights Templar, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, a Charter member of the Tuna Valley York Rite College #76, Peninsula Council #87 Allied Masons, and the Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests. He received several honorary degrees in the Free and Accepted Masons, the Order of the Purple Cross, and the Knights of Templar Cross of Honor.

Ray also was a member of the Bradford Lions Club, where he received the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He joined the Lions of Tionesta when he moved in 2004. Ray was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Bradford and attended the Presbyterian Church in Tionesta.
Surviving are two sons, Gary (Kay) Dreihaup of Tionesta and Larry (Sandra) Dreihaup of Laconia, N.H.; six grandchildren, Darla Dreihaup Kennedy of Tionesta, Chris (Tammy) Dreihaup of Stevens, Terry Dreihaup and his companion Krista Kelly of Leeper, Cindy Dreihaup (Robb) Dussualt of Wake Force, N.C., Scott (Samantha) Dreihaup of Appleton, Wis., and Matt (Julie) Dreihaup of Cumming, Ga.; and nine great-grandchildren, Tanner and Jacob Kennedy, Alyssa Dreihaup, Alyson Dreihaup, Paige, Brittany and Mitchell Dussualt, and Alexandra and Jamie Dreihaup.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and John Dreihaup; and two sisters, Ester Neel and Mary Dreihaup.

There will be no public visitation; all services held will be private. Burial will be at Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta.

Condolences may be sent by email to condolences@wimerfuneralhome.com

Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2013