Scout. He was a member of an all Eagle Scout Drum and Bugle Corps Bank. Ray continued to be active in all these activities throughout his life.
He worked an apprenticeship during the late 1930s as a machinist tookmaker. He then worked as a master toolmaker for a defense contractor during the war years, retiring as a master model maker/toolmaker in November 1983 from Proctor Silex. He and his bride of 48 years until her death in 1989, Elsie Rodenhausen, moved their family from Olney to Ardsley and raised their four children in a farm-like setting, something very different from the city. Once he had grandchildren, Ray turned his attention to precision model making of ships and clocks, doll repairs and children’s wooden toys, and continued this passion until his passing. He spent summers swimming, hiking and sailing his wooden GP 14 sailboat wherever there was water and a breeze. Always a lover of nature, he had a dog at his side for his daily walks and entertained all he met on his path with stories, gifts and a smile.
Survived by three sons, Robert Layer, Kilauea, Hawii, Richard Layer (Carol), Colmar, Pa., Jon Layer, Greenlane, Pa.; daughter Dorothy Layer (Bob Pratt); seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
sisitation is on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 to 11a.m., followed by funeral service from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Whitemarsh Memorial Park Chapel, Limekiln Pike, Prospectville, PA 19002.
Funeral arrangements were made by John R. Freed Funeral Home, Glenside.