Ray­mond DeRay­mond

The Morning Call - - OBITUARIES -

Ray­mond J. DeRay­mond, 97, of Eas­ton, PA passed away on Fri­day, Septem­ber 27, 2019 sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily at Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal, Cedar Crest.

Ray­mond was born in Eas­ton, PA a son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Trom­badore) DeRay­mond. Ray­mond was mar­ried to Irene (Markley) DeRay­mond for 44 years be­fore her pass­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2018. Ray­mond grad­u­ated in 1939 from Eas­ton High School. Af­ter work­ing for a cou­ple of years, and at­tend­ing Lafayette Col­lege for a year, Ray­mond served in the Army dur­ing WWII in the 87th Chem­i­cal Mor­tar Bat­tal­ion through­out the Euro­pean Cam­paign and was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1945. He re­ceived his bach­e­lor's de­gree at Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan in 1948 and his law de­gree at Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan School of Law, in 1950.

Ray­mond had ex­ten­sive mu­nic­i­pal law ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing land use, zon­ing, and plan­ning mat­ters. He served as solic­i­tor for nu­mer­ous Le­high Val­ley mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties through­out his le­gal ca­reer. Ray­mond also han­dled com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial real es­tate mat­ters and worked with com­pa­nies and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ob­tain in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment fi­nanc­ing. Over the years, Ray­mond re­ceived many awards in­clud­ing a Cit­i­zen of the year Award from the Eas­ton Area School­men's As­so­ci­a­tion, cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion from the Northamp­ton County Coun­cil for ser­vice to the In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Author­ity and for ded­i­ca­tion to in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment in Northamp­ton County. He also re­ceived recog­ni­tion from the Penn­syl­va­nia and Northamp­ton County bar as­so­ci­a­tions for be­ing a prac­tic­ing lawyer for over 50 years. In Novem­ber of 2016, Ray­mond re­ceived the French Le­gion of Honor Award at the French Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. for his ser­vice in France dur­ing WWII.

Ray­mond was a mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Northamp­ton County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion,

Past Pres­i­dent, Eas­ton Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, Nazareth Area Cham­ber of Com­merce and past pres­i­dent from 1957 -1958, Nazareth Me­mo­rial Li­brary Board of Di­rec­tors and for­mer mem­ber, project of Eas­ton Board of Di­rec­tors, Eas­ton YMCA Board of Di­rec­tors for­mer mem­ber and trustee, Up­per Nazareth Town­ship Solic­i­tor 1967-2003, Northamp­ton County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion solic­i­tor 1958-2002, Northamp­ton County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Author­ity Solic­i­tor 1967-2003 Eas­ton Area In­dus­trial Land De­vel­op­ment Co. Ray­mond was a life­time mem­ber of the Pom­fret Club in Eas­ton, and also an ac­tive mem­ber of the free and ac­cepted Ma­sons of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ac­tive with the Le­high Val­ley Chap­ter of the Bat­tle of the Bulge As­so­ci­a­tion, Ray­mond en­joyed speak­ing at dif­fer­ent vet­eran events about his time he served in the Army. He con­tin­ued prac­tic­ing law, lived in­de­pen­dently and en­joyed spend­ing time with his lov­ing fam­ily. Ray­mond is sur­vived by sons Wil­liam DeRay­mond, of Free­mans­burg, PA, Ray­mond J. DeRay­mond Jr., of Ply­mouth N.H., Jonathan J. DeRay­mond, of Bodega Bay, CA, and Pe­ter G. DeRay­mond and his wife Rox­anne, of Nazareth, PA; daugh­ters Mary R. Bern­hard and her hus­band Rick, of Al­len­town, PA, Mi­randa J. DeRay­mond, of Ther­mopo­lis, WY, Amy Fontno and her hus­band Manuel, of Eas­ton, PA, and Ann Marie Gombert and her hus­band Xavier, of St. Ge­nies, France; grand­chil­dren Cezanne, Em­i­lie, Adam, Rachel, Xiana, Nathan, Hugo, Tiah, and Ti­touan; sis­ter Josephine Lane, and mother of his chil­dren Mary DeRay­mond. In ad­di­tion to his par­ents and his wife he is pre­ceded in death by a son Joseph DeRay­mond; sis­ters Philom­ena Wolf and Nel­lie Truch­sess.

A gath­er­ing will be held on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 15,

2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Morello Fu­neral Home, Inc. 3720 Ni­cholas St. Eas­ton, PA (Palmer Twp.) A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held at 12:00 PM in the fu­neral home. In­ter­ment of Cre­mains will fol­low at Northamp­ton Me­mo­rial Shrine, in Palmer Twp., On­line con­do­lences may be of­fered at www.morellofu­ner­al­home.com

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