Ray C. Shuman, 87, died peacefully on March 7, 2018, at home surrounded by his four loving children.
Born August 24, 1930, a son of the late Royden and Catherine (Greenway) Shuman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Saunders Shuman on Oct. 10, 2017.
Ray was a graduate of South Williamsport High School, Class of 1948 and attended banking courses at Lycoming College. He worked in banking for seven years and had an automobile business before being elected South Williamsport Tax Collector, which he served 36 years. He served as a director of the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Association for 30 years. He owned and operated J. E. Gibbons Memorial Co. and several other businesses until his retirement in 2000.
A civic minded person, Ray served as president of the South Williamsport Lions Club and was "Lion of the year" in 1969, past president of the South Williamsport Little League and past president of the South Williamsport Civic Club. He also served as the Lycoming County Republican Chairman in 1974 and 1975 and helped many candidates with their campaigns.
Ray was a devoted Roman Catholic and had attended St. Lawrence Catholic Church, South Williamsport, since 1939. He served as an usher, past officer of the Holy Name Society and was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 366.
Ray enjoyed many outdoor activities, hunting small game with his beagle and hunting deer with his fellow members of the Ten Point Hunting Lodge, Buttonwood, of which he is the last charter member.
At the age of 40, Ray took up golfing and really enjoyed the game as well as the friends he made on the course. An avid Penn State fan, Ray attended all the home games and a few bowl games.
Ray is survived by a daughter, Ann Marie (William) Kahler, of Muncy; three sons, Ray C. Shuman Jr., of Williamsport, Michael A. (Jackie) Shuman, of South Williamsport and David R. Shuman, of South Williamsport; three grandchildren, Matthew (Melyssa) Gimpert, John (Michelle) Shuman, and Gabrielle Shuman; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, Ronald Yeagle, Melissa Smith and Lindsey Kahler; a sister, Marguerite Smith, of Montoursville; and several step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ulmer and a grandson, Daniel W. Gimpert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 800 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.