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Showman, Raymond Dale Sr.

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.

Showman, Raymond Dale Sr.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.

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#1 Comment By Nancy Elder On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Dear Betty and family, sorry for your loss, May you find comfort in your fond memories.

#2 Comment By Polly Bihler On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Dear Betty and family….I am so sorry for your loss. Ray will be sadly missed by a lot of people. I enjoyed our little chats in the office and I know how much he loved and cherished his family. You are blessed with many many great memories to cherish.

#3 Comment By Becky Rock & Family On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Ray, Martha and the entire Showman Family,…I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I will always remember the his friendliness he show me, very time I show him and that big smile! Please remember, that when our Heavenly Father calls our loved one Home, He leaves us with the precious gift of memories. Those wonderful memories are left with us to help ease the pain your hearts are feeling and to comfort all of you, during the times you are missing your dad! What an awesome gift to be giving and to have with each of you, until the day you are reunited in Heaven…I pray those wonderful memories will help you today, tomorrow and in the months a head…Memories are the wonderful legacy of LOVE…Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#4 Comment By James Carroll On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Sorry for your loss

#5 Comment By Kirk and Toni Brace On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#6 Comment By Brenda Jackson Weber On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Dear Betty,
I’m so sorry for your loss. You may not remember me, but my mom Rita Jackson lived with George Kline until he passed away in 1981 and many years ago as a small child, I remember occasionally seeing Raymond up at George’s farm and riding in a dump truck with him when I was very young a couple of times so I have always had fond memories of him. My prayers are with you in your time of sorrows.

#7 Comment By Gary Mordan On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

To the entire Showman & Fox families, both Dottie and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Ray was a great friend for the 21 years we were in Waterford. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I’m sorry we could not be there at this sad time in your lives.

#8 Comment By Tommy & Diane Inglis On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers to the Showman family. You were blessed with a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Raymond will live on through the strong legacy he has left in each of you. May the love of our Father, the support of family and friends, and the beautiful memories comfort you at this time. We love you much.

#9 Comment By Tommy & Diane Inglis On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Showman family. May our Father God, family, friends and the beautiful memories comfort you at this time. Raymond was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. His legacy lives on through each one of you. We love you much.

#10 Comment By Jack & Sue Snyder On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

We are very sorry for your loss. Ray will be greatly missed.

#11 Comment By John an cookie dillen ( gunsmoke On November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

John an Cookie Dillen responded:
We are very sorry for your loss. Ray will be greatly missed an never forgotten.