Raymond Dale Showman Sr., age 80, passed away on September 14, 2015 at his residence on Sharp Road from bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on the same parcel of land on February 22, 1935 to the late Ralph and Serena (Morse) Showman. He married Betty (Fox) Showman on June 28, 1952 and they had three sons, Raymond Showman Jr., Larry Showman, and Steven Showman. Together they founded Raymond Showman Trucking in 1959 and operated the company until 1997 when he retired.
Raymond enjoyed building the Showman Camp with his family where he spent time hunting, watching wildlife, and watching his children and grandchildren play on the land. He was an avid hunter and fisherman traveling to Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska with his dear friends Cletus Troyer, Bud Mitchell, and Raleigh Chesley. As a director for the Waterford Community Fair since 1991, Ray helped maintain the grounds with the late Joseph Burawa for over 25 years.
Family members preceding him in death are his parents, two brothers John Showman and Richard Showman, his father- and mother-in-law Clarence and Sarah 弔贋戟鋒ellie弔贋湖� Fox, brothers-in-law Delbert Fox, Wallace Fox, Clarence 弔贋戟褒unior弔贋湖� Fox, and Donald Fox.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty, his sons Raymie Dale and Martha of Waterford, Larry and Lynn of Waterford, and Steve and Jean of Waterford; six grandchildren, Jason and Heather Showman of Waterford, Jennifer Showman (Matt Perales) of Waterford, Sarah and Ryan Betcher of Edinboro, Brian and Laura Showman of Pittsburgh, Jamie Showman of Pittsburgh, and Lauren Showman (Mike Smith) of Edinboro; three great-grandchildren who have added a tremendous amount of joy to his life, Ryan Betcher Jr., Chase Betcher, and Rosie Kate Showman. Although he did not have a long time with his great grandchildren he will be remembered forever in their hearts and through the legacy he leaves behind.
Raymond is further survived by his brother Bill Showman and two sisters Jane Showman-Fitzpatrick (Dana Rust) and Doris (Jim) McArdle; his sisters- and brothers-in-law Rose Fox, Virgil (Barbara) Fox, Loraine Fox, Kathleen 弔贋戟訪azzy弔贋湖� Fox, Paul (Susie) Fox, Richard 弔贋戟縫ick弔贋湖� (Eleanor) Fox, Robert 弔贋戟烹ob弔贋湖� (Dolores) Fox, Theodore 弔贋戟傍ed弔贋湖� Fox, Sally (Sonny) Hayes, and Larry 弔贋戟烹utch弔贋湖� (Rose) Fox.
The Showman family will receive visitors at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held there Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Ron Kennedy. Interment will follow at Waterford Cemetery.
In honor of Ray弔贋穴ﾜ｢s grandchildren who all have a love for animals, please send donations to Because You Care, Inc. 6041 West Road McKean, PA 16426 or Great Lakes Hospice 1700 Peach Street, Suite 244, Erie, PA 16501, in lieu of flowers.