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Ray Mt. Joy

June 8, 1945June 2, 2017
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Raymond “Ray” William Mt. Joy, 71, of Shenandoah, TX, passed away at home on June 2, 2017, with wife Pam by his side.

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.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Friday, June 16, 2017

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  • Reception Lunch Following Service, Reception Lunch Following Service
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Lynette Bell

June 24, 2017

I'm very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Raymond but I think I may have known his mother Fran Mt. Joy who was a woman I really looked up to. If it is the right person, she used to work at Latrobe Hospital. I was a candy striper and she took me under her wing. She worked in the ER. I've always wanted to find where she is buried so I could pay my respects. Is she at Unity Cemetery? What a kind and sweet woman. If Raymond was her son, no doubt he was a wonderful man. Again, I am very sorry for your great loss. Lynette Bell 618-581-6455 (Latrobe PA)

Brad Wetzel

June 23, 2017

Jennifer and I share in your grief. May God Bless you in this time of loss. A tremendous friend of Latrobe and our school community will be missed dearly.

June 23, 2017

My wonderful cousin...will miss your smiles, miss your hugs...miss long talks about our youth and our families....Will Just miss you.
Until we meet again.
Love you
Peg

Kevin Carroll

June 21, 2017

It is a sad day to hear that Ray passed away. He was a fellow North Side friend. Recently, while back in Latrobe we heard about his work supporting the Arts as well as the Academics and Athletics in his home in Texas. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Kevin & Janet Carroll

Dwight Daigle

June 13, 2017

Confidant, mentor, advisor, true friend, and so much more. Your passing will leave a void in my life that cannot and will not be filled and I am sure that I speak for many others. Almost 30 years of mutual respect and admiration formed a bond that withstood all of the challenges that both life and business presented. Rest in Peace my friend and I shall miss you each and every day. I am truly a much better person for just knowing you. Being your friend has always and shall always be an additional blessing.

June 7, 2017

Some people rise to a higher level than most others, Ray was one of those.
A great loss, Rest in Peace our friend.
Gene & Trudy Ciafre

Mickey Radman

June 7, 2017

No bigger man, no bigger heart will I ever know. Rest in peace my friend.

Angelo Zangarsino

June 7, 2017

My Friend
You you meant so much to me, starting with helping me get my career back on track and from there you became a great friend and mentor. I was raised to treat my good friends like family so in my eyes you were a part of my family. It doesn't seem fair that the great ones go too soon in life. But I believe that God has a plan and needed your assistance to make it happen. If I am lucky I will see you on the other side my friend.

Angelo Z

June 6, 2017

We went to the same Church at an early age, went to the school 7th thru high school & stayed friends. We'll miss his smiling face & his keen sense of humor. We will keep Pam & family in our prayers.
Charles Person, Sr. (Latrobe, Pa.)

Chuck & Pat Hill

June 6, 2017

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Mt.Joy family.