Raymond H. Thurston, 85, of Silver Creek passed away Wednesday morning (Oct. 9, 2013) at the Lake Shore Nursing Facility in Irving, NY.
He was born March 7, 1928 in Geneva, NY, the son of the late Raymond and Jessie (Gehr) Thurston. He attended Silver Creek Central School.
On Dec. 11, 1945, he married Shirley A. Metzger in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Silver Creek. She predeceased him on Dec. 31, 1997.
On March 22, 1946, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 14, 1948.
Ray worked as a plumber for William J. Smith & Son Plumbing, Dunkirk, NY for 25 years. He was self employed for 26 years until his retirement.
His memberships included the Silver Creek Hose Co. #1 for over 53 years (life member); also past president, past chief and life member of the Dunkirk Exempts Firemen's Association; Past Master and 32nd Degree of the F&AM Silver Creek Lodge #757, Exempt member of Lodge Council Chapter Consistory; Past Governor and Fellow of Silver Creek Moose #1307; and Past President of Local Plumbers Union, Dunkirk, NY.
Also, life member of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association, member of the Firemen's Association State of New York, life member of Southwestern Firemen's Association, Chautauqua County Firemen's Fraternity and the Fredonia Beaver Club; member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, past member of Sharif Grotto, Dunkirk; past member of Fire Chiefs Association and past member of the Eagles Club in Dunkirk; also, a member of the Silver Creek Navy Club 231.
Ray is survived by two daughters, Diana Cross of Silver Creek and Connie Langan of Irving, NY; two sons, Daniel R. Thurston of Jacksonville, Fla., and Raymond Thurston of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren, Tawni Arnold, Scott (Ann) Arnold, Bryon Langan and Vicki Langan; five great- grandchildren; and several nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Thurston; and a grandson, Christopher Arnold.
Friends may call at the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave., Silver Creek, NY today from 4 to 8 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Michael Leamon officiating. Interment to follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek. To send condolences, go to www.holeparker.com.