Rev. Col. Ray A. (Ret.) Strawser

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  • "I'm praying for your family."
    - Joelle McGuire
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    - Larry WARD
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    - Pastor Jim Talley
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On December 31st Ray A. Strawser, servant of God, left this world for the warm embrace of Jesus, His Master. Called to the ministry as a young Lancaster County farm boy, Ray first joined the Army in WWII, serving in the Philippines for two years. He then attended Houghton College where he met his beautiful wife "E.J.," his faithful companion of 63 years. They served a church in Chicago where Ray studied at Northern Seminary. During the Berlin Crisis the Army invited him back as a Chaplain. Vietnam defined his life where he bravely served soldiers in battle and received the Bronze Star and other medals. As part of a rising career in the chaplaincy, Ray received a doctorate at Wesley Seminary in Washington DC. He and his wife served in Germany for nine years where they received honorary citizenship in Darmstadt for their many contributions to German-American relations. He retired as a Colonel and as a Priest in the Anglican Church in America. Though so accomplished, his heart was always with the afflicted and needy. Ray was affectionately called "Opa" by his beloved wife Elva Jean, his children, Karen, Kathy, and Ray II, his six grandchildren and great grandson, all of whom survive him. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor, MD. The family will also receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 75 Mount Hope Rd., Quarryville, PA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Military interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Quarryville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Reconciliation, 128 N Bond Street, Bel Air MD 21014 or St. Labre Indian School, PO Box 216, Ashland MT 59003-9989.

Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 2, 2015
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