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BURLINGTON FLATS - Raymond D. Greising, 77, of Burlington Flats, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in his home.
Ray was born on Dec. 7, 1940, in Ulsterville, on the family farm. He was the son of the late Joseph and Emily (LeMaire) Greising.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by son, Raymond Joseph Greising in 1973; and brothers, Joseph, Ernie and John.
Ray is survived by his wife, Lois M. (Lammers) Greising of Burlington Flats; sons, Thomas (Laura) Digsby of Augusta, Georgia, James (Maggie) Digsby of Palm Coast, Florida, Alan (Mindy) Digsby of Burlington Flats, Glenn (Marty) Digsby of Dade City, Florida; daughters, Loraine Lester (Bill Maricle) of Smyrna Delaware, Joan (Rick) Loeffler of South New Berlin; foreign exchange "daughter," Mabel Inda (Iontxo) of Pamplona, Spain; brother, Frank Greising of Maine; sister, Mary Wilson of Oneonta; grandchildren, Thomas, Chris, Michelle, Robert, Jeff, Brian, LeeAnn, Andy, AJ, Shannon, Ashton, Brennan, Sam; 22 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are special friends, Rich and Linda Shafer and Theresa and Skip Paulson.
Ray came to the area from Pine Bush in the spring of 1974. For more than three decades, he operated his dairy farm in Burlington Flats.
After selling the farm, he began working with Thering Sales and Service of Oneonta, selling supplies to dairy farmers throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier. Additionally, he drove medical transport for A&D Taxi in Oneonta.
Ray loved his family and took any opportunity to attend school or sporting events to watch his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed dirt track racing at the Utica/Rome speedway or Afton where his grandson AJ raced.
He was a devoted member of the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church and routinely could be found helping to care for the building.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Delker and Terry Funeral Home, 30 South St., Edmeston.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church, 947 County Highway 16, Garrattsville, with the Rev. Mark Piedmonte officiating.
Interment will be in Walkill at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church in loving memory of Ray.
Arrangements are with Delker and Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
To send condolences, visit www.delkerterryfuneralhome.com or Delker and Terry Funeral Home on Facebook.
Published on January 21, 2018
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