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Raymond R. Grosskopf
Raymond R. Grosskopf of Beaver passed away Thursday August 15 at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver. He was born April 19th, 1937 at Allegheny General Hospital. He was the only son of the late Ernest G. and Sarah C. Grosskopf. Ray was the beloved husband of Jean Stout Grosskopf whom he married in 1961. Having three sons, Raymond Randall and his wife Cindy of Creedmoor NC., Scott Darrin and his wife Dolores (Dolly), of Jacksonville NC., and John Robert and wife Rebecca of Beaver, Pa. He had five grandchildren. Aaron, Eleni, and Scott D II “Kip” all of North Carolina, Alexa and Rachel of Beaver. Ray had two step-grandchildren, Joey and Jeremy Salter, of North Carolina. He had one great-grandson, Jase Edward, of Beaver Pa.
Ray resided in Aliquippa, Pa. until moving to Beaver in 1952. He graduated from Beaver Area High School in 1955. Military involvement includes U.S. Navy Reserve 1954 to 1956, U.S. Air Force 1956 to 1961, and PA Air National Guard 1963 to 1966. Ray was employed by St. Joe Minerals until they shut down in 1979. He was hired and worked for Penn Power, Bruce Mansfield until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department with over 40 years of dedicated service to his community. Ray served 29 years as Beaver’s Emergency Management Coordinator, retiring in 2008. He served 12 years as Councilman for the Third Ward. He was a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Services, Chairman of the Disaster Services Committee, and a member of the Disaster Action Team. Ray was a member and three-time past President of the Beaver County Firemen's Relief Association.Raymond was also Beaver’s Christmas Light Up Night’s “Santa Claus” for seventeen years (1991-2007). He answered calls to volunteer for the Red Cross response teams and was deployed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for Hurricane Emily, and was part of the team deployed to Shanksville, Pa after the 9-11 downing of US Air Flight 93. He served on the Beaver County Humane Society Board of Directors in the early 1960’s.
Friends will be received Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM in The Todd Funeral Home, 340 Third Street in Beaver where a funeral service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM by Reverend James Equals, a lifelong friend from high school. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery . Memorial donations may be made to The Beaver County Humane Society in Center Township, Pa.
Beaver County Humane Society
3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa PA 15001