2009-08-20 / Obituaries

Ray S. Koontz

McConnellsburg, 93

Ray S. Koontz, 93, Mc- Connellsburg, died Sunday, August 16, 2009 at Fulton County Medical Center.

He was born April 10, 1916, in Colerain Township, Bedford, Pa., the son of the late Stanley and Lena (Shaffer) Koontz Sr. He was married to Fay Welsh on November 13, 1960.

He is survived by four daughters: Jane (wife of James) Smith of Katonah, N.Y.; Lena (wife of Gary) Fox of Bedford; Betty Calhoun of Bedford; Renee (wife of John) Brink of Chambersburg; one son, Robert R.(husband of Wendy) Koontz of McConnellsburg; one daughter in-law, Ann Koontz of Greenwich, Conn.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Mary (wife of Robert) Moose of New Wilmington, Pa.; Sara Pittman Seager of Bedford; and Ruth (wife of Merle) Diehl of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fay W. Koontz; his parents: Stanley A. and Lena Koontz Sr.; one son, Richard H. Koontz; two brothers: Charles A. Koontz and Stanley A. Koontz Jr.; and two sisters: Margaret Beegle and Eleanor Baker.

In Bedford County, he grew up on his family farm, eventually purchasing his own farm. He raised Holstein cattle, turkeys and chickens. In the mid-1950s, he sold his livestock and purchased the International Harvester dealership in Bedford. In 1961, he purchased the IGA grocery store in Hustontown, and later that year moved it to Mc- Connellsburg. In 1980, he purchased the Penn's Village Shopping Center and built a more modern supermarket on the site. He also owned the IGA supermarket in Mifflintown, as well as co-owned the IGA in Everett and the Ben Franklin store in Mifflintown. He was a member of the Independent Grocery Association.

He was very active in his community. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, serving as an elder and a supporter of the Old Brick Church in Friends Cove, Bedford County. He was a founding member of the Fulton County Industrial Development Association, of which he served 45 years as a board of director and past president in 1964. He was a member of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce since 1959, serving as the chamber president in 1962. He was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year and as Outstanding Citizen on two different occasions. He was an active member and past president of the McConnellsburg Lions Club. In 2009, Ray was honored by the Lions Club and the Little League by naming the Little League ballfield the Ray S. Koontz Field. He was a 61-year member of the Bedford and Mt. Zion lodges, for which he was honored in 2008. He was also a member and supporter of the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. He was a supporter of the FFA and 4-H groups in McConnellsburg. The Boy Scouts of America honored him as a Century Member.

As a lifelong hunter and sportsman, he traveled the world hunting the World Super Slam of sheep, numerous trophy whitetailed deer and various bears, most notably a Montana Grizzly written about in many magazines. He was a founding and active member in the Mason-Dixon Chapter of the Safari Club International, a life member of the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club and the Fulton County Sportsman's League.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2009, at Central Fulton High School auditorium in McConnellsburg. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2009, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 203 East Walnut Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 and one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday. Interment will be held at Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: McCbg Lions Club, P.O. Box 21, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., 112 East Maple Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 or Tuscurora Wildlife Education Program, 4773 Fort Loudon Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Homes, 322 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, Pa., will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome. com.

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