Raymond Joseph Denault, Sr., 94 years young, of Daleville, Pa., formerly of Thornhurst, Pa., passed away on May 11, 2013.
He was the husband of Chyleen Carey Denault, and the late Rosalie (Lee) Grab Denault.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 3, 1919, he was the son of the late Aiken and Blanche Broulliard Denault. He was a 1938 graduate of Rindge Technical High School, where he studied journalism. He was employed as a printer with the Scranton Tribune and later with the Catholic Light Newspaper, from which he retired.
He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II
, where he served as crew chief and later a flight engineer with the AAF Tactical Air Command, 1st Air Force with the rank of Sergeant.
Ray was an extremely active community volunteer and served as member and past president, North Pocono Board of Education; member and past chairman, North Pocono Joint School Authority; secretary-treasurer, Thornhurst Township; secretary, Thornhurst Township Planning Commission; member, North Pocono Planning Commission; member, North Pocono Council of Governments; and charter member of the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. He was a member of the Catholic faith.
Ray is survived by his wife, Chyleen Carey Denault, of Daleville, and seven children by his first marriage: a son, Raymond Denault, Jr., and wife Linda, Clarks Summit, and six daughters, Patricia Wincek and husband Leonard, Thornhurst; Therese Erk and husband Russell, Phoenixville, Pa.; Pamela McCusker and husband Mark, Hanover, Pa.; Constance Sanko and husband John, Moscow, Pa.; Kimberly Kerrick and husband Howard, Blakeslee and Christine Carroll and husband Kenneth, Thornhurst. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Jeannette Wright, Peoria, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was predeceased by his first wife, Rosalie (Lee) Grab Denault, in 1987, and their son, Christopher, in 1970 and two brothers, Roland of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Milton of Silver Spring, Maryland; and two sisters, Cecile Mazza of Belmont, Massachusetts, and Marguerite Phelps of Merritt Island, Florida.
He touched many people's lives and will be remembered for his quick-witted sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family may call at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial service will be Wednesday at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home beginning at 9 a.m. with a viewing, followed by a blessing service at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held immediately following at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Township, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's name in memory of his son, Christopher, to St. Joseph's Center Foundation, PO Box 388, Dunmore, PA 18512-0388.