Ray was born in Latrobe, PA on June 8, 1945. Ray graduated from Latrobe High School and attended the University of New Mexico and University of Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. He married Pam Corbell on November 14, 1987. Early in his life, Ray worked in sales for Uarco Business Forms and Xerox. He moved to the oil industry in 1977 with Hess Oil, and his family moved to The Woodlands, TX. Over the years, Ray worked for numerous oil companies before starting his own business, XERAY Systems, in 1995. After selling his business in 2013, Ray and Pam truly welcomed life in retirement.
Ray had a kind heart, generous and charitable spirit, and an effortless sense of humor. He never met a stranger, making friends everywhere he went. He had a passion for classic cars and keeping them shiny clean. He also loved watching his children, grandchildren, numerous family members and friends play sports. Ray enjoyed RV’ing, coaching and sponsoring youth sports teams, going to restaurants to see his favorite waiters, traveling, and music from the 50’s and 60’s. Ray treasured spending time with friends and family, especially his four wonderful grandchildren. No grass ever grew under his busy feet.
Ray was involved with many charities and industry organizations: Latrobe Elks Lodge #907, National Oil Recyclers Association (NORA) – Board of Directors 1998-2005, serving as president in 2004, Greater Latrobe Partners in Education (GLPIEF) – vice president and a founding board member. Ray and Pam served as A+ Campaign co-chairs and led a successful $5 million campaign for the Greater Latrobe Schools. Ray’s leadership and generosity to his alma mater were unparalleled, and the new Creative Arts Corridor in the Greater Latrobe Junior High School was named in his and Pam’s honor. He had a vision to start a student-chosen professional art collection with Latrobe’s Art Collection as the inspiration, thus The Woodlands High School Art Trust was born in 2011. Ray also loved serving as president of the Quarterback Club at The Woodlands High School from 2010 to 2012, and was a forever supporter of Highlander Football.
Ray is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Pam; children, Scott William Mt. Joy, The Woodlands, TX, Gregory John Mt. Joy and wife, Kristen, Cedar Park, TX, and Tyler James Mt. Joy, The Woodlands, TX; grandchildren, Matty, 14, Gus, 7, Dixie, 6, and Pepper, 6; and many more nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Edmund and Frances Q. Mt. Joy; sister, Bonnie Louise Mt. Joy; brother, Larry Edmund Mt. Joy; and daughter, Rachel Lynn Mt. Joy.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017, Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, Dr. Dan Hannon officiating. A second memorial service will be held in Ray’s hometown of Latrobe, PA at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017, the Chapel at Unity Cemetery, 130 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650, Rev. Clark Kerr officiating.
On behalf of the family, Pam wishes to express her sincerest gratitude for the loving and compassionate care of Ray by CHI St. Luke’s Hospital-The Woodlands, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and VITAS Hospice Care.
The family requests any desired memorial donations be made to your choice of these organizations: Greater Latrobe Partners in Education, 1816 Lincoln Avenue, Latrobe, PA 15650, http://glpief.org/donate/; GLSD Art Conservation Trust, 131 High School Road, Latrobe, PA 15650; and The Woodlands High School Art Trust, 6101 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, www.twhsat.org for online donations.