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Raymond G. Yanchus


1934 - 2020
Raymond G. Yanchus Obituary

Raymond G. Yanchus, "Coach," "Sting Ray," "Candy Man," of Pinehurst, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020, due to complications of pneumonia. He was 85.

Born in Wilkes-Barre in 1934, he was the eldest son of George J. Yanchus and Julia Ruda Yanchus.

He was predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife, Nancy Yanchus; sisters, Barbara Domzalski and Rosemarie Urban; and brother, Eugene, who died in infancy.

He is survived by his daughters, Beth Burke and her husband, Bob, Colts Neck, N.J.; and Susan Dyer and her husband, Jeff, Wake Forest, N.C., who will always cherish his memory. In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren whom he greatly loved, Jessica Phillips and her husband, Ritchie, Raleigh, N.C.; Brett Knighton and his wife, Samantha, Wendell, N.C.; Allie Burke, St. Cloud, Fla.; Emily Burke, Colts Neck, N.J.; and Sierra Dyer, Boone, N.C. He also leaves two great-grandsons, Garret and Ayden Phillips, Raleigh, N.C. He is also survived by his first wife, Ginny Yanchus, Keansburg, N.J.

Ray was raised in Wilkes-Barre and attended Catholic school there. He joined the Marines right after high school and left three years later with the rank of sergeant. He then used the GI bill to be the first in his family to attend college (Wilkes). Ray then taught high school social studies/law at Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J. He coached football there early in his career, then transitioned to be their head basketball coach for 32 years. After 10 years as basketball coach, he also became the golf coach at Jonathan Dayton, followed by his dream retirement in Pinehurst, N.C.

Ray was larger than life and had a life story for almost every situation. Even so, he was most interested in hearing the stories of others. This could be longtime friends or people he just met in a waiting room. As a coach, he had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of sports and could also recall very specific details about all the basketball games he coached. Back then, he was strict but fair. Then he had grandchildren that softened all of his edges and filled his heart. He loved being a Pop-Pop. He also loved the Pittsburgh Pirates, Johnny Unitas, John Wayne, Tiger Woods and Frank Sinatra.

A private graveside service was held in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Due to COVID-19, restrictions, there will be a memorial/celebration of life for Ray on a future date.

For updates and a memorial video, please contact Nelsen Funeral Home at www.nelsenrichmond.com or Sue at [email protected]

Memorials may be made to the Artists League of the Sandhills, P.O. Box 460, Aberdeen, NC, 28315.


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