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Raymond E. Horvath | Obituary

Raymond E. Horvath, 80, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022. Ray was with his family as he passed away peacefully from this world.

Born in Johnstown, PA on September 23, 1941, to the late John A. and Genevieve (Urban) Horvath of New Florence, PA. Ray graduated in 1959 from Laurel Valley High School in Bolivar, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his wife Catharine (Herr), his sister Christina (Elliot) and his brother David.

Ray was a United States Navy Veteran and proudly served aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a member of the Lebanon Veterans Association and a life member of the Mount Joy American Legion. He attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and worked for Robert Henry & Son Electrical Contractors becoming a licensed electrician. Ray worked for RCA, SICO Oil and drove tractor-trailers for Artz Chemical Company, all in Lancaster. Ray then retired from Kellogg’s in Lancaster in 2006 after 26 years of faithful employment.

Never one to sit still, Ray enjoyed bird watching, gardening and tending to his manicured lawn. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, spending family vacations on Topsail Island and being surrounded by family and friends, and cooking while on vacation. his baked beans were worthy of a prize. More than anything, he loved dancing with Cathy. The two were never more alive than they were when they danced, and the joy it brought them will always live on in our hearts.

Ray was a devout member of Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church, where he was part of their security team, and Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, both in Lancaster.

Ray is survived by his two brothers, John (Shirley) and Gerry (Patricia). His sons, Michael (Tara), of Manheim, and William “Tony” (Garth Allen), of Coatesville, and his grandsons Andrew (Megan), of Manheim, and Austin, also of Manheim.

Our family would like to extend a huge thank you to the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and staff at Brethren Village, Lititz, Hospice & Community Care, Lancaster, Penn Medicine, Hershey and the caring staff at Lancaster Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care at The burial will be private. To leave condolences for the family online, please visit: