Raymond J. Dougher, 97, of Taylor, died Friday at Allied Hospice. His devoted wife, Gloria J. Davis Dougher, died February 8, 2015 and together they celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Mary McDermott Dougher. Ray worked as a heavy machine operator for J.A. Kerr and retired from Colts Transportation, where he was a bus driver. He was a parishioner of Divine Mercy Parish and St. John the Baptist Church, Taylor until its closing and was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union, local 168. Ray was a train enthusiast, along with watching western movies and listening to the polkas. Upon retirement, he enjoyed cutting the lawns for many of his neighbors and hence forth became the neighborhood mayor. His family was the center of his life and his grandchildren and great grandchildren meant everything to him.
The Dougher Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Allied Hospice.
He is survived by five children; Raymond Dougher and wife, Mary Ann, Moosic; Jerry Dougher and wife, Judith, Scranton; Linda Balendy, Throop; Ronald Dougher and wife, Judy, Old Forge; Dorothy Schield and husband, Jack, Taylor; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, John Balendy and five brothers, Thomas, James. Patrick, Joseph and Robert.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union ST., Taylor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., by Rev. Francis L. Pauselli, Pastor. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Taylor.
Family and Friends may call Monday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton 18505 or to Allied Hospice, 511 Morgan Hwy, Scranton, 18508.