HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Raymond E. Merchant, 86, of Hermitage, formerly of Corry and Sharon, was “promoted to glory” on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
Ray resided in Corry, Pennsylvania, for the past 42 years.
Before retiring, he was the Postmaster in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania.
Ray was a lifelong member of The Salvation Army.
After serving in the Air Force, Ray married Lois Nottingham Abbey in 1956. Ray was married a second time in 1975 to Patricia Mann Montague.
Ray will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his former wife, Patricia Merchant of Corry; and seven children, Raymond L. Merchant of Sharon, Susan Walter and her husband, Leslie, of Chambersburg, Carol Duperree and her husband, Roger, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Gary Merchant and his wife, Maree Beth, of Hermitage and Jay Merchant and his wife, Luz Angelica, of Sharon; stepson, Russell Montague and his wife, Jodee and stepdaughter, Stacy Hennigh and her husband, Greg.
A stepdaughter, Christina Borton, preceded him in death in June of 2020.
Ray was proud of his more than 50 grand, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ray loved music, bowling, going to his hunting camp, softball, all sports, especially the Cleveland Indians and Browns and he loved to laugh and tease friends and family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Elsie (Scott) Merchant; sister, Catherine and two great-grandsons, Zachary and Silas.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army Corps, in either Sharon or Corry, Pennsylvania.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2020, at The Salvation Army, 660 Fisher Hill, Sharon. Face masks are required.
A service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 7, 2020, at The Salvation Army. Face masks are required.
Burial will take place at America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements are being handled by John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
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