Raymond G. Ostrowski, 74, of Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Tuesday morning, February 1, 2011, at home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Chester S. Sr., and Teresa Kucharski Ostrowski. He was a graduate of St. Leo’s High School, class of 1954, and attended Wilkes College and Penn State University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as an electronic fire control systems technician and instructor and was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal.
Ray owned and operated Raymond Electronic Service, Wilkes-Barre; was emergency management coordinator for Hanover Township; and, prior to retiring, was Luzerne County Chief Deputy Sheriff.
He was a member of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Parish, and a life member of Newtown Volunteer Fire Department, where he served on the Board of Directors as president and many line office positions including assistant chief, training officer, captain and most recently fire chief.
Ray was an outdoorsman who was a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, was a columnist for two years for Keystone State Outdoorsman, was deputy game protector with the Pa. Game Commission for 10 years, and was Deputy of the Year in 1977. He was also president and delegate for the Luzerne County Federation of Sportsmen.
He enjoyed learning and became firearms instructor for LCCC; training officer for Pa. Game Commission for 10 years, District 5-40-2; and was a certified police firearms instructor for 24 years.
Mr. Ostrowski was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy Ostrowski on February 17, 1981; and brother Chester S. Ostrowski Jr., on February 24, 1944.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Catherine Gluchowski, at home; son Ray Ostrowski and his wife, Annette, Glenview, Ill.; daughter Jane Brennan and her husband, Joseph, Dallas; cherished grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Kate Ostrowski; Chester, Joseph, Jacob and Anna Brennan; brother Leon Ostrowski and his wife, Dolores, Mountain Top; sister, Bonnie Wallace, and her husband, Robert, Wyoming; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Leo the Great/Holy Rosary Parish, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. The Rev. Thomas J. O’Malley will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends and family are invited to visit from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706, or Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
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