STOCKHOLM - Raymond J. Palko, 66, passed away at his residence on March 25, 2013, after fighting a form of cancer known as Multiple Myeloma for three years.
Ray, as he was known, was born and raised in Ridgefield Park, where he graduated high school in 1966. He resided in Stockholm for the last 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. After his military service, Ray worked for the gas division of Public Service Electric and Gas Co. for 35 years. Ray was a proud member of the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church and had been ordained as an elder and deacon. Ray's lifelong love of cars was most recently highlighted by his Shelby Mustang and membership in the Garden State Regional Mustang Club. Ray was committed to giving back through his support and fund-raising events for the Wounded Warrior Project, which was close to his heart.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Debbra (Howard) Palko; daughter, Sandra Palko; son, Lawrence Palko; daughter, Michelle Pawson and her husband, Brian, and grandson, Joseph Coats. He is also survived by his mother, Christine (Costello) Palko; his sister, Joan Mackey and her husband, Ken; his sister, Jane Karrer and her husband, Eugene; his uncle, John Costello, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a memorial service at the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 342 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge on April 20 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, Box 302, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438. richardsfuneralhome.com .
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 15, 2013