Ray Drevenik

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Franklin Raymond Drevenik, 79, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 29, 2013, with his family by his side.

Born on New Year's Day, 1934, he was the son of the late Andrew Drevenik and Mary Chrustz (Christie) Drevenik. He was a proud veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps and retired from CertainTeed Corp. in Mountain Top. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilkes-Barre, where he enjoyed attending and ushering at Mass.

Ray enjoyed history, old Westerns, NASCAR, football, hockey, walking his dog and sitting in the yard soaking up the sun with a few cold ones. In younger days, he loved to dance and sing. He also enjoyed attending Penguins hockey games and could often be seen dancing in Section 225 when the team would score a goal!

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia (Chi Chi) Reiser Drevenik; his son, Ray Drevenik; daughter, Tamara Rickard and her husband, Dan; grandsons, Raymond and Kyle Drevenik; great-grandson, Spencer Drevenik; sister, Joan Kopinski, and lifelong family friend, Ann Mashinski. He will be very missed by his loyal, loving, sweet dog, Mollie, who stayed constantly by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary; brothers, Paul, John, Andrew, Joseph and Peter; and sisters, Marion and Irene.

Ray's family extends its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for its kindness, caring and friendship during this difficult time. Also to Virginia and Colette Lee for their help, love and comfort.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's name to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, Dallas, to help our animal friends.
Published in Times Leader from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013
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