Raymond W. Busteed, 86, Florence Avenue, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, in the Extended Care Facility of the Oneida Healthcare Center, surrounded by his loving family and compassionate caregivers.
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Born in Springfield Gardens, Queens, on May 21, 1925, he was a son of Morgan C. and Mabel C. Schmitt Busteed. As a child, Ray excelled in school, advancing three grades. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech with honors and was accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but chose to become an entrepreneur instead.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Busteed served with the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division. He married Ruth T. Fleming in New York City on June 10, 1950.
They moved to Oneida in 1954 and then moved to Fulton in 1980, returning to Oneida in 2006. Prior to his retirement, Ray was employed as a nuclear radwaste operator with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation at the Nine Mile One facility. From 1954 to 1979 Ray owned and operated Busteed's Specialized Service, which specialized in certain automotive components, sports cars and sold and serviced go karts. He also taught automotive mechanics at Madison-Oneida BOCES.
Mr. Busteed was a member of the Oneida-Sherrill Lions Club and the Fulton Lions Club, was involved with the Oswego County Office of the Aging, especially as an ombudsman, and was of the Christian faith. He enjoyed airplanes, motorcycles and go karts. He was a candidate for mayor, as the third party candidate on the Maverick Party Ticket, against the incumbent Abraham Williams.
Surviving besides his wife, Ruth, are four daughters and sons-in-law, Maureen and Thomas Adams of Buford, Ga., Gail and Wayne Diamond of Oneida, Karen and Terry Putaski of Bristol, Conn. and Rita and Gene Cappelletti of Oswego; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Howard.
Funeral services, with military honors, will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida with the Rev. Colleen Preuninger, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home, 2-6 p.m., Sunday. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to the Lions Club Sight Conservation, Center for Vision Research, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210-2375. Envelopes for this fund may be obtained at the funeral home.
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Campbell-Dean Funeral Home
260 Main St. Oneida, NY 13421
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on May 5, 2012