Ray James Heiser, 88, of Orwigsburg, passed away Saturday, October 9th, at Orwigsburg Center.
Ray was born in West Brunswick Township, on May 10, 1933, a son of the late Mamie (Faust) and Charles C.Heiser.
He was the widower of Irene C. (Bishop) Heiser 1977. He was also preceded by his Companion of 40 years, Kay Kriner in 2019.
Ray was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
Ray was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ Orwigsburg, the Orwigsburg Lions Club, Lodge # 138 F&AM, The Shiner’s, Tall Cedars, High Twelve, American Legion (color guard), VFW, and the Orwigsburg Racing Association (ORA).
For many years Ray and his brother Arlin operated several businesses in Orwigsburg including Heiser’s Food Market on East Independence Street, Heiser’s True Value Hardware, which is now Heiser’s ACE Hardware, and the RCJ Chip n Putt Golf Course.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Ann Marie Heiser, MD; four sons Randy Heiser, husband of Sherry, of FL; Charles Heiser, of Philadelphia; Joseph Heiser, of Orwigsburg and Ray P. Heiser, husband of Jennifer, of Orwigsburg.
Ray is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan Heiser, Jeffrey Heiser, Steven Heiser, Brennan Heiser, and Adam Heiser
He was preceded in death by his brother Arlin Heiser and Sister Cleo Smith.
Ray was an ardent follower of local and national stock car racing. Enjoying many hours of viewing at various racetracks and watching on television. Snowmobiling, motorcycletrips on country roads, and 4 wheeling with friends filled many Sunday afternoons. Later in life Ray and Kay participated in antique car shows and traveling with the Shiners on many vacations. Ray also traveled 86 times to Philadelphia Shiners Hospitalfrom Orwigsburg to provide free transportation to children in need of medical treatment.
There will be a Religious Service at 7:00 PM at the Hamilton- Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg on Sunday October 17, 2021. There will bevisitation from 5pm – 6:45 pm
A Masonic Necrology service will begin at: 6:45pm
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
A private family Interment Service will be held at St. Johns UCC Cemetery Orwigsburg.