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Nunamaker, Raymond Raymond J. "Ray" Nunamaker, 74, formerly of Nazareth died peacefully in his home in Palmer Twp. on July 28, 2015, losing his courageous battle with brain cancer. Ray was the devoted husband of Scherrie (Mucha) Nunamaker. They celebrated 46 years of marriage. Ray was born Dec. 9, 1940 in Pittsburgh son of the late Jay and Helen (Kovac ) Nunamaker. He graduated from West View High School, Pittsburgh in 1958. He earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Penn State University.Ray was a Health and Physical education Teacher for 39 years at Nazareth High School. He was also the Head Wrestling Coach for the first 34 of those years. He was blessed with an incredible ability to relate to his students and teams, and was a positive influence on countless teens during his career. Ray received many honors as a wrestling coach and has been inducted into the District Xl Pennsylvania and the National Wrestling Halls of Fame. Although his main focus was wrestling, Ray loved all sports. Besides coaching wrestling ,he was a track coach in the early 70's and the first Head cross country coach for boys and girls in the mid-70's. His girls' team was District Xl champs in the sport's first 2 seasons at Nazareth High School.Later, Ray was also a volunteer golf coach for Junior High boys.In his retirement ,Ray and his wife Scherrie spent 5 months each year at their home in Oro Valley, AZ, where Ray liked to hike, bike, golf, play tennis and pickleball. He continued to coach wrestling as a volunteer at Ironwood Ridge High School , Oro Valley ,AZ and also at Parkland High School when back in PA. Ray and Scherrie also enjoyed travel and were able to visit all their desired destinations before Ray became ill. Throughout his life, Ray valued his family and extended family . Times with everyone together were always special to him. Survivors: Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Ross and his wife Jill and their daughters, Alexa and Olivia , of Nazareth and son Ryan , of Schnecksville, brother, Jay Nunamaker and wife Nancy of Tucson ,AZ and sister, Faye Rohm and husband Frank, of Pittsburgh, nephew Mark and nieces, Jill, Liza, Jennifer and Michelle, and Mother-in-Law, Althea Hutter,of Nazareth. Services: The family will welcome friends and family to remember Ray on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Raymond J. Nunamaker Gymnasium of Nazareth High School, Nazareth PA. Burial will be private. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ray's memory to the Blue Eagle Wrestling Booster Club, Nazareth High School, the Parkland High School Wrestling Booster Club, Orefield, PA or to Ironwood Ridge High School Wrestling Booster Club, Oro valley, AZ. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home, Inc., Nazareth. Online condolences can be offered at www.jfreichelfuneralhome.com.
Published in Morning Call on July 30, 2015
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