Ray Willard Hassler, formerly of Coopersburg, Summit Hill and Lehighton, PA, passed quietly on October 3, 2019 in Hartland, WI at the age of 100.
Ray was born December 13, 1918 to Francis and Emma (Snyder) Hassler of Coopersburg, PA. As a young man, he worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation before being drafted into the U.S. Army to serve with the 90th Division in Europe during World War II. Ray was decorated for his military service, most notably with the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Ray shared an interest in raising and training beagles with Afra (Frassinelli), and they married on July 15, 1961. They raised three sons and operated the Modern Food Mart in Summit Hill, PA until 1981. They were longtime members of St. Paul’s UCC (Summit Hill) and Ben Salem UCC (Lehighton). Ray and Afra were married 51 years before his beloved passed in 2013.
Ray was an avid baseball fan and outdoorsman. He was known for his lifelong proficiency at deer hunting, mink trapping, gardening and all things outdoors. He continued these activities well into his 90s.
Ray had a large and loving extended family. He is survived by two sons and their families. Son Daniel Hassler and his wife Lisa reside in Durham, NC with their children Jonathan, Hannah, Jane, Emma, Maria, Esther and Rebecca. He is also survived by grandson Andrew Hassler, wife Rachel, and their children Lydia and Derek in Raleigh, NC and granddaughter Elizabeth (Hassler) Sutton and husband Jacob in Durham, NC. Until his passing, Ray resided with his son Robert Hassler, his wife Kelly, and their children, Miranda, Joseph and Alexander in Hartland, WI. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Afra (Frassinelli) Hassler, son Richard Hassler, and siblings Wilmer, Earl, Arlene (Ritter), and Marvin.
A funeral will be held at Norcross-Weber Funeral Home in Coopersburg, PA on Saturday, October 26 at 11 AM. Visitation and viewing will begin at 10 AM. Burial will immediately follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Coopersburg, PA.
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