Betty Oram

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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.

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