UPPER BURRELL TOWNSHIP — OAKS – Ray D. “Sarge,” 87, formerly of Johnstown, joined his wife, Doris, on her birthday, May 8, 2013, with family at his side. Born in Daisytown, Ray lived in Johnstown most of his life until moving in with his daughter, Brenda “Vicki” Schafer in Upper Burrell Township several years ago. Born June 2, 1925, to the late Henry Herbert and Octa Zula Fulton Oaks and was a Word War II Army veteran. During World War II, he was a recipient of the Army Occupation Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He stayed in the reserves immediately following World War II and joined the National Guard in 1955, and had unbroken military service that spanned 41 years, from 1944 until retiring from the National Guard in 1985, as a first sergeant. Ray was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 521 of Cherry Tree, as well as a longtime member of Geistown VFW. Ray enjoyed playing cards, yard work, was always telling jokes, listening to Pirates baseball on the radio or television, and helping Colonel Sanders expand his KFC empire by frequenting the closest locale regularly. Most importantly, he loved his family, as they loved him. Survived by his loving daughter, Brenda “Vicki” (Roger) Schafer, with whom he resided; grandchildren, Tammy, Brian, Mark and Scott; great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Austin, Nickolas, Brittany, Christian, Tanner, Gabrielle, Delaney and Rayne; sister, Ruth Yingling; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, who died Dec. 13, 2007; sister, Louise; and brothers, Kenneth, Walter, Clair, Carl, Doyle, Harold and his twin, Roy. As per Ray’s request, viewing and burial were private. Ross G. Walker Funeral Home, LTD, New Kensington, was in charge of the care for Ray and his family. His family would like to thank the personnel and staff, especially Holly of West Haven PC for the great care given to Ray, and the personal friendships Ray and family made during his residence there. Thank to Concordia Good Samaritan Hospice of Cabot for the care and comfort given to Ray during his final days. Many thanks to Ross G. Walker for quickly accommodating Ray and his family’s special requests. To leave an online condolence visit www.rossgwalker.com.
Jean Kennedy Budlong
BUDLONG – Jean Kennedy, 85, Windber and Indian Lake, died Dec. 9, 2013, at Windber Hospice, Windber.
Phyllis V. Reese Fuller
REESE FULLER – Phyllis V., 94, Lower Alsace Township, formerly of Shillington and Davidsville, passed away Dec. 8, 2013, at 9:07 a.m. in her home.
Michele Ann (Burns) Claycomb
CLAYCOMB – Michele Ann (Burns), 66, Lorain Borough, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.
Richard E. Pearson
PEARSON – Richard E., 84, Chambersburg, and formerly of Fairfax, Va., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home with his wife of 32 years at his side.
Margaret M. Bunda
BUNDA – Margaret M., 83, Johnstown, went into the loving arms of our Lord Dec. 9, 2013, at home with her family and friends by her side.
Ellen (Schwarting) Merker
MERKER – Ellen (Schwarting), 89, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, in Davidsville.
Russell W. Moehler
MOEHLER – Russell W., “Ducky,” 98, Woodvale, died Dec. 10, 2013, at the Atrium Manor.
Ronald E. Moskey Sr.
MOSKEY – Ronald E. Sr., 75, Jennerstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
BYICH – Cory, 29, Nanty Glo, died Dec. 7, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Lewis P. Gregory
GREGORY – Lewis P., 85, Johnstown, died Dec. 8, 2013, in Hollidaysburg.
Anne T. Desimone
DESIMONE – Anne T., 82, Johnstown, died Dec. 7, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Andrew P. Lingafelt
LINGAFELT – Andrew P. “Andy,” 51, Cassandra, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, at home.
PASTERNAK – Paul, 86, Richland, died Dec. 8, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Louella Fern Bloom
BLOOM – Louella Fern, 91, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 7, 2013.
Beverly R. Miller
MILLER – Beverly R., 70, Summerhill, died Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
Eleanor Vivian Chaney
CHANEY – Eleanor Vivian, “Baby Ellie,” born Dec. 7, 2013, and passed Dec. 7, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Betty R. Irvin
IRVIN – Betty R., 88, Johnstown, died Dec. 8, 2013, at Cambria Care Center.
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 55, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
John J. Good
GOOD – John J., 82, formerly of Portage, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Meadow View Nursing Center.
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