Raymond Leroy Smith (1931 - 2017)

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Raymond Leroy Smith, age 85, of Brookville, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Snyder Memorial Health Care Center in Marienville, Pa.
Ray was born on Aug. 10, 1931, to the late A. Leslie and Helen J. (Bussach) Smith, in Washington Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa.
Ray attended and graduated from the Summerville Redbank Joint High School with the class of 1949.
Immediately after graduation he began working at the Brick Plant in Summerville, Pa., which is now known as Glen-Gery Brick. A short while after beginning his work he served his country during the Korean Conflict as a member of the United States Army.
After he was honorably discharged he returned to work and on July 12, 1951, he married Doris May (Hamler) Smith; Doris preceded him in passing last month on Feb. 11, 2017. Ray continued working for the brick plant and after 44 years of dedicated work he retired on Sept. 1, 1993.
Ray was a member of the Roseville Church of Christ and he led a simple life finding joy in service to his fellow man. He was known for generously giving of his time and talents to the benefit of everyone who was in need. His neighbors and friends all benefitted from his giving nature as he taught his children, by his example, how to contribute to society. Ray was just as vigilant in his efforts providing for his family and making sure that all of their needs were met.
Aside from his community and family Ray also enjoyed activities such as fishing, boating, water skiing, and picnics. He had a beautiful vegetable garden that was laid out perfectly to the square and he would give away freely the produce that he grew. He was known for his love of wood working and he made many things including spin wheels, gun cabinets, jewelry boxes, bowls, cups, high chairs, and many more, that he would also give away.
He had a great love for photography and he has thousands of beautiful pictures that he took himself. When he bought his camera it was a huge investment for him, but he took care of his things and that camera lasted more than 15 years. Ray will be remembered and missed by many.
He is survived by two sons, Jeff R. Smith and Benjy T. (Autumn) Smith; two grandsons, Justin R. Smith and Austin J. Smith; one granddaughter, Chloe Smith; three sisters, Stella (Herb) Bullers, Shirley Gadley, and Gerry Olson.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ray is preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Smith, Bob Smith, and Les "Lupe" Smith; one infant daughter; and by his pet Doberman, B.J., who he loved.
Family and friends will be received on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 12 noon – 2 p.m., at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. A funeral service will take place immediately following the viewing, beginning at 2 p.m., and officiated by Evangelist John Kerr. Interment will take place at the Roseville-Bethel Cemetery, Union Twp., Jefferson County, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Roseville Church of Christ, 3359 Route 322, Brookville, PA 15825; or to the Brookville VFW Post 204, PO Box 323, Brookville, PA 15825; or to the Brookville Garden Club.
Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com.
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Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 12, 2017
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