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Ray Souders

September 24, 1922 — October 26, 2021

Ray Souders left this earth with a full head of hair and his own teeth on Oct 26, 2021. Ray was born to the late Ray Souders, Sr and Celia (Fetrow) on Sept 24, 1922 in Fairview Township, York County. What a life! He was raised on a 100+ acre farm without electricity. During his 99 years he enjoyed many inventions with one of his favorite being the “way back machine” AKA microwave, which brought day old donuts back to life.

He hitchhiked to New Cumberland to go to school which saved him any angst he might endure from getting his hair wet. He was proud of his “crowning glory” right up to the end and often boasted that he never left the bathroom without combing his hair.

After graduating high school, he went on to serve his country in WWII as a Flight Engineer/Gunner-US Army Air Corps 445th Bomb Group with 26 combat missions. He shared many stories for which we are grateful. His family, building homes and serving his country were his greatest accomplishments and he was very vocal about all three. Thanks to all of you who patiently listened.

Upon returning home from the war, he and his brother Verlyn “Buddy” formed Souders Brothers Builders and worked together for the next 30+ years. For 68 years he was married to Helen, the love of his life, and they had five children.

He is pre-deceased by his wife Helen, brothers Bruce, Buddy, and a sister Dorothy. He is survived by a sister Louise and five children Nancie, Joyce (Jim), Linda (Bill), Raetta (Lee), and Rex (Julie).

Ray enjoyed gardening, Red Land Senior Center, Penn State Football, the Phillies, and ice cream.

To his neighbors, Don (Marie), Brian and Kathy, thank you for your kindness and all of the help you provided over the years. You’re the best!

Please send donations to Homeland Hospice who provided outstanding service. A special thanks to Laurie, Pam, and Marge for the exemplary support you provided. We appreciate you!


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