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Ray F. Trach 

 

Brunswick, Maine—Ray F. Trach, 81, of 8 Elwell Lane, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 10, 2005, at Mid Coast Hospital.

 

He was born in Nazareth, PA, June 10, 1924, a son of Floyd and Ida (Hauser) Fogel-Trach.  He attended Nazareth schools and worked at St. Regis Paper Company before being drafted into service in 1943.

 

A proud U.S. Army veteran of WWII, Ray served honorably as a Corporal in Patton’s Third Army.  He was a member of the 702 “Red Devils” Tank Battalion in Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes.  He was also a recipient of several awards including a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Three Bronze Stars, and the Victory Medal.  He was awarded the Purple Heart as a result of being wounded in battle in France in 1944.  After WWII, he continued to attend yearly reunions and remained in close contact with his Army buddies.

 

He married Bessie Colver in Pennsylvania on August 21, 1956.  They were happily married for 49 years.

 

Ray was employed for 34 years as a machinist at St. Regis Paper Company.  He retired in 1976.

He enjoyed archery, bow hunting and was a lover of dogs, especially his Miniature Schnauzers.

Mr. & Mrs. Trach moved to Maine in 2004 to be near family.

 

He is survived by his wife Bessie of Brunswick; a son, Scott Trach and his wife Sandy of Durham; a sister, Betty Stoudt of Elizabethtown, PA and a one-year old granddaughter, Katherine Anne Trach of Durham.  As a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, he will also be missed by many extended family members in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

A memorial service to celebrate Ray Trach’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 21st at the Schmidt Mortuary, 407 Belvidere Street, Nazareth, PA.  Interment will be in Belfast Union Cemetery, Belfast, PA.  In honor of Ray’s lifelong love for animals, memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Humane Society, 12 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.  Arrangements are by the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal Street, Brunswick.

 

 

Rest in peace Ray, your battles are done.  Thank you for serving your fellow man and your nation.  We salute you!

 

 

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