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Raymond Joseph Kearney, 73, of 2335 N. Jackson St., Coal Township, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 19, 1942, in Norristown, a son of the late Loretto (Witaker) and Robert Raymond Kearney. On Nov. 16, 1968, in Carlisle, he married the former Jane Blodwyn Peters, who preceded him in death on June 25, 2013.

Ray graduated in 1960 from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Coal Township, attended Temple University School of Pharmacy from 1960 to 1961, and attended Bloomsburg University. He served in the Air Force as a sergeant, enlisting in Harrisburg on Sept. 20, 1963, and was honorably discharged at the Air Force Academy where he was headquartered on Sept. 19, 1967.

He was a Pennsylvania State Trooper at the PSP Stonington Barracks from March 28, 1968 to July 5, 1991. He also served as a Northumberland County Deputy Sheriff for some years beginning in 1995.

Ray was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 49, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree; Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association; Ancient Order of Hibernians in America; Deputy Sheriff's Association of PA; Retired State Police Association of PA; and a life member of the West End Fire Company, Shamokin.

He is survived by four children, Kevin David Kearney and wife Kara, of Elysburg, Carolyn T. Kearney, of Harrisburg, David Robert Kearney, of Shamokin, and Gerardo Guidiana and wife Norma, of Mexico; six grandchildren, Megan A. Kearney, Nate G. Kearney, Jane B. Kearney, Geraldo Guidiana, Jr., Marcelo Guidiana and Yvonne Guidiana; one sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Peter Fox; niece, Tiffany Schlueter and husband, Ben; and nephews, Michael Sutt and wife Jill, Quentin Hummel and his companion, Claudia Dias, Douglas Hummel and wife, Amanda and Ross Peters and wife, Ashley.

Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001-1005 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, followed by a religious funeral service at 10, with a Mother Cabrini Parish Friar officiating.

Interment of his cremains with a Pennsylvania State Police Honor Guard will follow the service in Shamokin Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions in Ray's memory be made to Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation (www.psta.org), 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Published on June 30, 2016
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