Ray was born in the home where he died on Sept. 15, 1922, the son of Charles M. and Mary Lamberson Norconk on the family farm in Wilmot Township, which has been in the family since 1840. He graduated from Dushore High School a member of the Class of 1940 and continued his education with agronomy courses at Penn State. He married the former Shirley Fiocca on Dec. 23, 1944. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last December.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater until 1946. He returned home to the family Holstein dairy farm where he was actively involved his entire life. He actually was operating the tractor in June.
Ray was very active with the Bradford County Holstein Club, and won numerous awards during his tenure on the farm. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a kind and true gentleman, who most enjoyed being with his family on the farm.
A member of St. John’s Chapel, Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church in Wilmot, he served on the church council for many years. He was a member of the Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion and a charter member of the Right Cheer Hunting Club.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Norconk; daughter, Linda Kisner of New Albany; a son, Gary Norconk and wife, Sharon of Hunlock Creek; four grandchildren, Tammy Stough and husband, Bruce of York, Kelly Kisner of Geneva, NY, Timothy Norconk and wife, Jennifer of Pittston and Shaun Norconk and wife, Sherry of
Harveys Lake; eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Megan and Ryan Stough; Teagan, Emmyrson, Finley, Jackson and Noah Norconk; also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Marian Blemle and Rachel Miller.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water Street, Dushore, followed by a service at St. John’s Chapel, Wilmot, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Norconk Cemetery. Friends called on Sunday at the Homer Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m.
Graveside military services were accorded by members of the McDermott Post 996 American Legion, Dushore, and members passed in review on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family provided their own flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to St. John’s Chapel, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614.
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