Ray Amy, 89, of Corry, ended his earthly journey and peacefully transitioned to be with the Lord, family, friends, and of course, his wife, Mary Gloria, who have all been waiting.
Ray was born in Corry, Pa., on June 28, 1931, to Merle and Florence (Rogers) Amy.
Ray lost his father at the young age of 13. Shortly thereafter, he started his first job at Al’s Clothing Store and continued in the workforce for the next 59 years.
While in high school, Ray’s boss at the clothing store would send him across the street to get him some jelly beans at GC Murphys. Ray didn't mind because he enjoyed seeing the good looking gal, Gloria Sullivan, at the candy counter who he nicknamed “Jelly Bean.” They soon started to date and were married in French Creek in 1949.
They were blessed with five children and were looking forward to more. On Christmas Eve 1956, Ray’s aspirations and future plans were shattered when Gloria passed away at the age of 26 from a brain aneurysm. Ray not only lost the love of his life but had the daunting task of caring for his five children who were aged six, four, three and three and a half months (twins).
Most advised him to separate the children and find a few different homes for them to be raised in. Ray knew that the advice was well intentioned but not an option. He hired Marian Rafferty as housekeeper to keep the family intact as he and Gloria intended. It wasn’t an ideal of typical family life but Ray was determined to see it through. His children all tested him and rebelled at varying degrees (actually they were all borderline hellions). He always supported them and never turned his back on them regardless of the situation.
During his twilight years, his children were able to pay back his devotion; they kept the family intact by keeping him home during his last days. Ray was fortunate to have stayed sharp mentally and was still reminiscing the day before he passed.
Ray loved to reminisce about the ultimate road trip during the Depression in 1936 when he was 5 years old. His dad decided it was a good time to take the summer to visit relatives out west and tour the National Parks. He rode the whole way on the car “transmission hump” between his dad and his brother Buck, while his mom, sister Dorothy and Aunt Mildred rode in the back. At night they would fold down the back seat for the ladies to sleep and the guys would sleep in a “pup tent.” His dad had a deep respect for nature and the outdoors, which was instilled in Ray. In turn, Ray passed it down to the next three generations.
Ray loved local history of Corry and did what he could to be sure it was passed on. The log cabin that his father built on the banks of Brokenstraw Creek in Spring Creek became Ray’s “getaway” and served well for vacations, picnics, hiking, fishing, tubing down the creek, parties, reunions, scout outings, sitting around the fire pit and of course, hunting season. Rumor has it, it was also a rendezvous spot for young lovers. It was even used just to enjoy a quiet evening to escape the “big city” life of Corry.
Countless fond memories and stories are associated with CAMP.
He’ll be dearly missed by his family and friends but we are all comforted knowing that he has been reunited and can now reminisce with “Jelly Bean,” the love of his life. He talked with Gloria every night when he laid down in bed and asked for help with any health concern or any other family issues that needed intervention, (which was often.)
Ray went to work at Powell Loan Co. in Corry in 1949 and served as office manager until 1986, at which time Powell Loan Company was sold to NW Savings Bank and became Corry Loan Company. Mr. Amy continued to work for Corry Loan Company, retiring in 1993 having had 43 years in the finance business. Mr. Amy was also a business partner with close friend, Willa Rhodes in Willa’s Pizzeria in Corry from 1987 until 2003.
Ray was a lifelong resident of Corry and was very active in community affairs in his younger years. He served many years on the board of trustees in Corry Memorial Hospital and was chairman for one term. He served as treasurer of the Corry Area School Authority. He served for several years on the board of incorporators for Hamot Hospital in Erie. He served many years on the Corry Municipal Authority as secretary. He served as treasurer of the Corry High School Alumni Association for 30 years. He was a former member of the Corry Kiwanis Club, serving one term as president. He served on various committees for the Corry YMCA in the years that it was getting started at its present location.
He served on various parade committees including Corry’s 100th and Corry High School’s 100th. He was a life member of the Stanford Hose Company and a life member of the Corry Elks Club. He was also a former member of the Corry Chamber of Commerce. He was also a former social member of the Corry VFW. His father was instrumental in bringing the VFW to Corry. Ray also served for five years in the Naval Reserves. As a young boy, he was a member of the Corry VFW Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a Native American and Civil War history enthusiast which he loved to share with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Gloria Sullivan on Dec. 24, 1956; son Raymond (Larry) Amy on Aug. 13, 2010; daughter-in-law Debi; sister Dorothy; brother Merle (Buck).
He is survived by: His Children, Dave-Inman, S.C., Bruce (Joe) (Joette)-Corry, Kevin (Sally)-Corry, Colleen Amy Rambish (Gary)-Corry, daughter-in-law Cheryl-Radford, Va.; Grandchildren, Nicole, Alicia, Kyle, Monica, Charles, Erik, Chad, Shannon, Christopher, Justin, Kurtis, Tyler, Shanie, Trevor, Alexis, Petra, Jennifer, Craig and Natalie; also 24 great-grandchildren.
When counting descendants Ray always would say, “Just look what Gloria and I started.”
There will be a celebration of life when circumstances allow.
Memorials may be made to the Corry Public Library, 117 W. Washington St., Corry, PA 16407; or the Corry Historical Society, 945 Mead Ave., Corry, PA 16407.
Arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.