MERIDA, Arthur Ray (1946 - 2019)
Mr. Arthur Ray Merida, 72, of Cochranville, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 surrounded by his family. Born on May 9, 1946 to the late Anthony and Nancy Bargo Merida in Barbourville.
Ray was a graduate of the Elkton High School in Elkton, MD. He was retired from the Chrysler Assembly Plant of Newark, Delaware after 35 years of service.
Ray loved his beagle dogs and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed being outdoors even just a quiet afternoon under a shade tree made him happy. Most of all he loved his family and his childhood memories of growing up in rural Kentucky.
Ray was preceded in death by his 12 siblings and a grandson, Randy Smith.
He is survived by his daughters, Diane Keen and husband, Tony, of Conowingo, MD and Kathy May and fiancé, Steve Walton, of Cochranville, PA; three grandsons, Leeroy Krauss and wife, Shanna, of Oxford, PA, Andrew Smith and wife, Kayla, of Landenberg, PA and Christopher Schuler of Conowingo, MD; a great granddaughter, Kaylee Rae Krauss; a brother, Shelby Merida of Indiana; his sister, Francis Thimling of Indiana; a nephew, Gene Merida of Elkton, MD, who was like a brother; a host of nieces and nephews; among other loved ones and dear friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the funeral home Friday, February 8 beginning at 12 noon with a service following at 1 P.M. with Rev. Lonnie Collett officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Bargo Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be family and friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.