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May 2, 2003

BUFFALO, Wyo. - Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond Augustus Schroth, 82-year-old Buffalo man who passed away Friday, May 2, 2003, at home, will be held Thursday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Father Charles Taylor officiating. There will be a private family committal service in Quaker Hill Cemetery in Pawling, N.Y., followed by funeral services from Christ Church in Pawling, with Reverend Russell Feroc officiating.

Friends may donate in his memory to the Wyoming Wilderness Association, in care of the Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.

Raymond Schroth was born on Dec. 21, 1920, in Trenton, N.J., one of six children of Frank and Loretta Schroth.

Ray attended Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., in the class of 1939 and went on to graduate with an English major from Dartmouth and joined the American Field Service under the command of the British army stationed in the deserts of North Africa. After the Americans entered into World War II, he served in the United States Army and, afterwards, returned to Dartmouth to complete his degree.

Ray's family was very involved in journalism. His father was the publisher of The Brooklyn Eagle, and, as a result, he and his brothers were all involved in the newspaper and journalism business for several years.

In 1950, Ray married Margaret Mary (Klersy) Schroth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Together, they had four children: Margaret Mary Schroth, Saddlestring, Thomas William Schroth (Siobhan), Pawling, Carolyn Ann Schroth, Buffalo, and Nancy Schroth Johnson (Woody), Marblehead, Mass.

After a period of working for the Chrysler Corp. in the Dodge Sales Division, Ray joined the Pawling Rubber Co. in the 1950s, also in sales. Ray was the co-founder of the Presray Corporation, a subsidiary of Pawling Rubber, in Pawling. He served as the president of the company until his retirement in 1989. During this time, Ray and his family lived on Quaker Hill in Pawling and he served the community in many distinguished roles, among them: Rotary member, Chamber of Commerce member, Knights of Columbus member, lector at St. John the Evangelist Church, president of Akin Hall Association, president of Quaker Hill Country Club, president of Hammersley Beach Club.

On April 16, 1983, Ray's wife, Margaret, was tragically killed in an automobile accident. From then on, Ray made a life for himself, surrounded by dear friends and his beloved grandchildren. He was a strong force that helped guide his children into their adult years.

Ray's children and their spouses survive him as do his eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Lily, Erin, Cara, Sarah, Gus, Turner and Woody; his identical twin, Thomas Nolan Schroth of Sedgwick, Maine; his older brother, Frank D. Schroth, Jr., of Park Ridge, N.J.; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; two sisters, Margaret and Loretta; and one brother, Gerry.

In addition to his longtime friends in Pawling, he will be missed by his friends in Buffalo, where he has lived for the past four years. Ray Schroth was a man of exemplary character and grace. He will be remembered for his fortitude and optimism, particularly during these last few years when the ravages of diabetes tried to beat him. His willingness to start over again time after time endeared him to and earned the respect of many, many people.

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