Raymond E. Yorden

Raymond E. "Ray" Yorden, 88 Raymond E. "Ray" Yorden, 88, passed away October 8, 2012 at his home. Born in St. Benedict, PA, he has been a long time resident of Brookhaven, PA. He graduated from Carrolltown High School, class of 1942. He worked for Sacksville Mills in Wallingford, PA before becoming the co-owner of Ekridge Construction with his brother Steve. He then went on to buy a quarry on Knowlton Rd. which became Pyramid Land Development. He was the former Assistant Fire Chief of the Brookhaven Fire Company. He was a former member of the Polish American Club and a founding member of the Suburban Contractors Association. He loved to garden and spend time with his family. He was extremely dedicated to his business and his wife. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of W.W. II and the Korean War serving in the Pacific Theatre during W.W. II in the battles off of Saipan and Iwo Jima among others. He was known as a "Tin Can Sailor". He was in the Naval Reserve and attended reunions for the USS Wadleigh. He was predeceased by his parents Michael Yorden and Victoria Yorden Pavlock; his brothers Stephen P. Yorden, James J. Pavlock; his sister Martha Saunders. Survivors: Hs beloved wife of 62 years Doris R. Yorden; his sons Raymond L. "Skeeter" (Kathleen), Mark S. (Cynthia) and Paul D.; daughter Amy E. (Jerome) Swantner; sisters Stella Ponchock and Mary Slowik; his 4 grandchildren Kathryn Watson (Dan), Jillian Swantner, Raymond M. Yorden and Amy Lynn Yorden; his great-grandson Benjamin Watson; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass Friday 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Charity Church, 231 Upland Rd., Brookhaven, PA 19015. Visitation Thursday evening 7 to 9 at the Bateman Funeral Home, 4220 Edgmont Ave., Brookhaven, PA 19015 and also Friday morning 9:30 to 10:30 at the church. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery, Aston, PA. Online Condolences www.batemanfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 9, 2012