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Ray W. Hassinger, 88, of 274 Raven Lane, Mifflinburg, formerly of Selinsgrove, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice at Maria Hall, Danville.

He was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Lewis Township, Union County, a son of the late Clarence Edward and Rachael (Wolfe) Hassinger. His first wife, the former A. Vivian Mensch, preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 1990, after more than 44 years of marriage. On April 21, 1991, he married Florence Fisher of Lewistown, who survives.

Ray was a 1945 graduate of Mifflinburg High School. In 1947, he started working at the former Huntington Throwing Mill in Mifflinburg. After more than 44 years of service he retired in 1991, as president and general manager. For many years Ray represented the West Ward on the Mifflinburg Borough Council, during which time he also served as vice president and president for several years.

He was a life member of the Mifflinburg Hose Company No. 1, a member of Mifflinburg Lodge 370, F.&A.M., the Williamsport Consistory, the Irem Shrine, Wilkes-Barre, and the Sunbury Shrine Club where he served on the Board of Directors for more than 25 years and served as treasurer and president in 1987. Ray was a member of the Sunbury Shrine Motor Corp where he served as vice president and parade chairman for many years. He was a former member and past president of Mifflinburg Kiwanis Club, and served for 20 years on the Union County Selective Service Draft Board.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Mifflinburg.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Karl W. and Catherine Hassinger, of Rush Township, Northumberland County, Janette H. Georgetti, of Wilkes-Barre, and, Susan H. and Glenn Jows, of Forest Hill; daughter-in-law, Evelyn R. Hassinger, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Tracey, Tony, Allyssa, Nate, Ben, Becky and Jenny; nine great-grandchildren, Morgan, Maddie, Tyler, Colin, Abby, Aidan, Emily, Reese, and Daniel; two stepchildren, Daniel Ernest, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Beverly Lash and her husband, William, of Shamokin Dam; one stepgranddaughter; two stepgreat-granddaughters; four sisters, Helen Guffy, of Milton, Barbara Troup, of Lewisburg, Faylene Maurer, of Lewistown, and Lucille Wenrich, of Colby, Wis.; and one brother, Eugene Hassinger, of Mifflinburg.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gerald E. Hassinger in 2009; one sister, Cloycie Spigelmeyer in 1981; and three brothers, Elwood Hassinger in 2002, Thomas Hassinger in 2004, and Nelson Hassinger in 2007.

At Ray's request, there will be no viewing. Interment will be private in East Side Cemetery, Mifflinburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 417 Market St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844, or At Home Quality Care, 231 Northern Blvd., Suite A, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave., Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Published on June 16, 2016
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