MEDWAY - Ray A. York, 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's which he won on Oct 3, 2015, when angels carried him through the portals of heaven fulfilling a lifetime longing of seeing his savior face to face. The Bible says in II Timothy 4, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: There is now laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." He was born January 15, 1926, in Medway, to John L. and Hattie A. (Thompson) York.
As a young man, 18 years of age, he joined the US Army, proudly serving his country abroad during World War II. He was an honorable member of the "greatest generation" fighting to preserve the peace and gave future generations the precious gift of freedom. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Priscilla A. York of Medway. They built a house in Medway in 1957, and together they raised seven children that was truly a home of love, where God was the centerpiece of their relationship as husband and wife. He worked for 31 and a half dedicated years at Great Northern Paper Company in East Millinocket retiring in 1986. After retirement he worked four seasons in Acadia National Park for Wildwood Stables as a teamster taking tourists on scenic tours on the carriage roads. Ray put God first in everything he ever did. He was an amazing husband and father. He had a passion for horses that was undeniable. He was grateful every day that he was able to go through the doors of God's house, and never hardly ever missed a meeting. He was so happy that all of his children are serving the Lord. That was his greatest desire.
Ray is survived by his beloved wife Priscilla of 63 years; children Hattie Damon and her husband Dan of Smithfield, Altona McLaughlin, Barney York and his wife Terri, Noel York and his wife Kelly, Jerry York and his wife Kelly, all of Medway, and Joni Campbell and her husband Steve of East Millinocket; a daughter in law Kim York of Medway; a brother Jack York of Medway and a sister Sharon Dickey of Medway 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a son Nathan York, siblings Marjorie Noddin, Bessie Sheehan, Beulah Moody, Stella Kimball, Vaughn York, and Phillis York.
The family would like to give special thanks to the East Millinocket Ambulance Team, the staff at Millinocket Regional and the wonderful staff of In Home Caregivers who took such wonderful care of Dad. Also special thanks to the Katahdin Area Support group for all you did. Now, last but in no means least, Ray's children would like to publicly thank their mother Priscilla, for her never ending care and support of their father during his 14 year illness.
Viewing will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday Oct 5, 2015 at Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 2 Orchard Street, East Millinocket where a celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2015, with Pastor Regginal Adams officiating. Interment with full military honors, will be at Grindstone Road Cemetery immediately following the funeral. A time of remembrance and fellowship will be held immediately after the memorial service at Calvary Temple Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the General Fund at Calvary Temple. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Notes of condolence may be left at www.clayfuneralhome.com.