Raymond I. Pugh

Raymond Irvin Pugh, 94, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at the Orrstown Personal Care Center.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1926, in Pleasant Hall, a son of the late Andrew M. and Orpha J. (Cramer) Pugh.

Raymond was a 1944 graduate of Chambersburg High School, and then went on to attend Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and served in the Philippines.

Raymond married Esther June Diehl on May 11, 1949. She preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2014, after 65 years of marriage.

Raymond worked at the Letterkenny Army Depot for several years before he became a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office, where he worked for 28 years before retiring. Raymond was also an executive distributor for W.T. Rawleigh for more than 50 years.

He was a longtime member of the Orrstown United Brethren Church, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, served on many church boards, and was active in hospital and home visitation for many years.

Raymond was also on the Orrstown Bank’s Board of Directors for 21 years; was a life member of both the Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168 and the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co., and was a member of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223, the Rural Mail Carriers Association, and the former Orrstown Lions Club.

In his free time, Raymond enjoyed camping, traveling, genealogy history and golfing.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl A. Runshaw and husband, John, of Shippensburg; two sons, Ray A. Pugh and wife, Suzanne, of Shippensburg, and William D. Pugh and wife, Denise, of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Gladys Horst, Dorothy Zullinger and Shirley Diehl; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Raymond was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., Shippensburg. Pastor John Runshaw will officiate, with Mr. Harold Taylor assisting.

Interment with military honors will follow in the Pleasant Hall Cemetery.

Viewing will be Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday afternoon at the funeral home. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the use of masks and social distancing is strongly suggested for those in attendance.

Raymond’s family would especially like to thank Elaine, Carly, and the staff of Orrstown Personal Care Home for their love and wonderful care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orrstown United Brethren Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at: www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com.

 

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