H. Ray Bushong, 101, Green Dragon stand holder, graduate of Rothsville H.S.

By on January 14, 2015

H. Ray Bushong, 101, formerly of Pine Hill Road, Lititz, passed away Jan. 8, 2015 at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Born Dec. 1, 1913 in Warwick Township, he was the son of the late Paul P. and Mary B. Ritter Bushong. He was the last surviving graduate of the Rothsville High School class of 1931.

His first wife and the mother of his children, Anna Mary Seibert Bushong died in 1975 and his second wife, Margaret Beard Snyder Bushong passed away in 2004.

Mr. Bushong worked for ten years at the S.O. Heisley Shirt Factory and six years at Sensenich Corporation making propellers during WWII. He was a stand holder at the Green Dragon Farmers Market for 25 years, 1950-1975, selling dressed poultry and vegetables.

After the death of Anna Mary, Ray married Margaret and lived another 20 years on the Pine Hill farm growing and selling vegetables. He was one of the first persons to grow cantaloupes under plastic. His cantaloupes were noted for their quality and taste throughout the area. He was a life-long active member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lititz and a past member of Warwick Union School Board.

Surviving are a sister: Mary Jane Hartman, Denver, Colo.; a daughter: Barbara Ann, married to William Hazlett; a son: B. Ned Bushong, married to Lynda; two daughters-in-law: Caroline Morgan Bushong (Nevin) and Linda Bushong (Neil), all of Lititz. Also surviving are two step children: David Snyder (Beverly) Richmond, Va.; Catherine Snyder, Dover, Del.; grandchildren: W. Todd (Melissa) Hazlett, Mohnton; Dr. Timothy (Erika) Hazlett, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; Chad (Tammy) Hazlett, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Duane (Jaime) Bushong, Lititz; James (Heidi) Bushong, Lititz; Dr. Shayne (Cheri) Bushong, Lancaster; Tonille (Rob) English, Lititz; Ned E. (Dr. Jennifer) Bushong, Lancaster; Christian (Carmen) Bushong, Philadelphia; step grandchildren: Kurt (Kerri) Legerlotz, Lititz; Jill (Dr. William) Nelson, Meadville; David Snyder, Richmond, Va.; Christopher Snyder, Richmond, Va.; 20 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bushong was preceded in death by two sons: J. Nevin Bushong and Neil R. Bushong; two brothers: Samuel E. Bushong and Jacob R. Bushong; a sister: Myrtle M. Snyder; and a grandson: Eric Bushong.

Family and friends are invited to the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, 216 S. Broad St., Lititz, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, for a viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Services will be held at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 222 N. Broad St., Lititz, on Thursday, Jan. 15, with a viewing from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m., with Dr. Rev. James Haun officiating. Burial will be in Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Brickerville.

His family requests that donations in memory of Ray be made to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall Fund, 222 N. Broad St., Lititz, PA 17543.

To send online condolences to the family, visit richardheiseyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz.


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