Ray E. Smith, 88, of Carlisle, died Saturday,
June 25, 2011, at his home. He was born on Saturday, March 10, 1923, in Mifflin Twp., and was a son of the late Ervin Ray
Smith and Velva E. (Swartz) Smith.
Ray was a 1941 graduate of Carlisle High School
and was a US Army veteran of WWII, having served with the 99th Ordinance. He continued serving with the PA National Guard
104th Armored Cavalry and retired as Major with more than 20 years of combined service. Ray retired from the Mechanicsburg
Naval Supply Depot after 25 years of service as a systems analyst. He also had worked at the former C. H. Masland & Sons
in Carlisle for 10 years.
Ray was a member of First United Methodist Church,
Carlisle, where he taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was the Church Historian. He was a former Leader of Boy Scout
Troop 160, a history researcher at the Military History Institute, life member of Carlisle Fish & Game Assn., the Gobin
Guard and V.F.W. Post 477 in Carlisle. Ray was also a member of the South Mountain American Legion Post 674 in Mt. Holly Springs.
He was an avid wood carver and very proud of the hundreds of carvings he made over the many years. His carvings included "The
Last Supper" and a full size wild turkey.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife
of 62 years, Kathryn "Katie" (Long) Smith; one son, Kerry Smith of Winter Springs, Fla.; one daughter, Kimberly Smith Fleming
and her husband William Fleming of Carlisle; five sisters, Vera Minnich, Mary Louise Fitzgerald, Rachel Reed, Edna McKillip
and Elsie Finkey, all of Carlisle; sister-in-law Prudy Smith of Taunton, Mass.; six grandchildren, Alexander Smith, Jordan
Smith, Devin Smith, Sandra Judd, Hillary Fleming and Billie Fleming; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Robert, Richard and Jackie Smith, and one sister, Fredith Wholey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday,
June 28, 2011, in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. John L. Shellenberger, Jr., officiating.
Burial with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in the Westminster Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Viewing
will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First United
Methodist Church, 64 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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Aunt Katie, Kerry and Kim
So sorry to hear about
Uncle Ray. We are thinking of all of you at this sad time.
Love, your niece-Gail and Family, and your sister in law-Prudy.
Ray was a great person. I was one of the people
with troop 160 back in the 1960s and 1970s. I spent many hours with him in those years. He always had a great
influence on the boys and all the leaders. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Our hearts go out to Aunt Katie, Kerry, his children
and Kim, as well as our mother and all our aunts and uncles. Uncle Ray was a wonderful and loving man who was very dedicated
to his family. We will miss him dearly.
Denny and Barb (Dumbauld) Minnich
Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Ray was a long time friend and superb volunteer researcher
here at the US Army Military History Institute. He is missed! God Speed good Soldier. SALUTE!
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Mr. Smith was a tremendous individual who gave
of himself and his time to others. As a member of Scout troop 160, I am very appreciative of his sacrifice for us.
As an adult, I know how valuable time is, and how much he gave to us to help us become young men. To his family, I am
truly sorry for your loss, and am very thankful that I had time with Mr. Smith. God bless you and I know Mr. Smith is
now home with our Lord.
Kim and family
I was so sorry to hear of
your Dad's passing. He and your mom were always so nice to me and I know he will be missed.
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