Raymond J. Majikes

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Raymond John Majikes of Wilkes-Barre passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, after a three-year battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 24, 1948, in Wilkes-Barre, Ray was a son of the late Charles and Theresa Lowery Majikes.

He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award at the inaugural Robert McGrane Basketball Tournament held at the Wyoming Valley CYC.

Ray attended Luzerne County Community College and was a member of the school's State Community College Championship team. After his education, Ray served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972 and was awarded the Campaign Service Medal Award.

Ray was employed as a correction officer by the State Correctional Institute, Dallas, for 20 years until his retirement.

Surviving are his brothers, Frank (Bronko) and his wife, Lore, Wilkes-Barre; Bob, Wilkes-Barre; Marty and his wife, Donna, Exeter; Charles and his wife, Lisa, Wilkes-Barre; Jimmy and his wife, Cheryl, Pottstown; and John and his wife, Mary, Wilkes-Barre; and sisters, Valerie and husband, Charles Manfre, Hanover Township; Patricia and husband, Joseph Rodzinak, Barbara and husband, Donny Smith, Jeanmarie and husband, Jim Ryan, and Maureen and husband, Brian Grohowski, all of Wilkes-Barre. Ray is also survived by many nieces, nephews and a large extended family of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Joe Majikes, and nephew, Jarad Grohowski.

Ray was a member of American Legion Post 815, F.O.E. 351, Promised Land Sportsmen Club and was a charter member of Blinky's Garage Social Club, which met every Sunday. He enjoyed pitching for the Zalewski's and Anthracite Roosters slow pitch championship teams and was the co-founder of the famous 2-on-2 Majikes' basketball tournaments. Ray enjoyed the numerous family socials and vacationing with his relatives and attending his nephews', nieces' and cousins' school and athletic events. He was truly a SPECIAL person and will be greatly missed by everyone.

The family wishes to thank the medical and nursing staffs at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital 5-East and the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for their outstanding care and support.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held Saturday, with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 130 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call at the church from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service is assisting Ray's family with arrangements.

Permanent memories and messages may be shared with Ray's family at www.celebratehislife.com.


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McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-4567
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014
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