Raymond E. Kegg of Kennett Square

Raymond E. Kegg, 95, of Kennett Square, died Saturday, Dec. 9, at Neighborhood Hospice surrounded by many of his family. He was the beloved husband of Edith “Edie” W. Kegg who predeceased him earlier. In August 2016, they celebrated 70 years of loving marriage.

Raymond E. Kegg

Born and raised on the family farm outside of Bedford, Pa., “Ray” was the son of the late C. Franklin Kegg and Jennie Rawlings Kegg.

Ray graduated from Bedford High School in 1939 at the age of 16 and enrolled at Shippensburg State Teacher’s College where he majored in Mathematics and Science. There he met his wife-to-be, Edie. Their first date was Dec. 6, 1941, the evening before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ray served in the Army Signal Corps in WWII from Nov. 16, 1942, through Jan. 2, 1946, and graduated from Shippensburg in May 1946. On Aug. 17, he and Edie were married and in September he started his lifelong career as a teacher, teaching math, science and shop at Chadds Ford Junior High School. In 1954 Ray was transferred to Unionville High School after the consolidation of the two districts. He retired from UHS in 1980 after 37 years of service and, with Edie, enjoyed spending winters in their motor home in Florida through the winter of 2007.

Ray and his wife, Edie, were founding members of Willowdale Chapel where he served in many capacities such as Sunday School teacher and superintendent, and elder. Ray also was on the board of Southern Chester County Youth for Christ for many years as well as being active in many other community activities.

Ray was first and foremost a faithful and devoted follower of Jesus Christ and then a faithful, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed camping, playing various sports, playing the trombone, singing, woodworking, playing games, spending time with family and friends and many other activities.  Ray was a hard worker who also knew the value of having fun and enjoying life.

Ray is survived by one sister, Irene J. Growden, of Lavale, Md.; his children, Alan L. Kegg and wife Jean of Hatfield, Pa.; Joyce E. Pinkham and husband John of Middletown, N.J.; Larry R. Kegg and wife Carol of Chesapeake, Va.; Linda K. Vavro and her husband Jeff of Strongsville, Ohio; and Karen A. Hess and husband Ray of Kennett Square; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers C. Glenn Kegg, Chalmer C. Kegg, Ralph W. Kegg and Guy F. Kegg; and sisters Hazel H. Boettcher, Vesta V. Rosenzweig, Mabel A. Cornell and Helen M. Jones.

You are invited to join Ray’s family and friends at his Life Celebration service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A reception will follow at the church.  Interment will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made to PIONEERS, Attn: account 111300, 10123 William Carey Dr., Orlando, FL 32832. Please notate Account #111300 on the memo line.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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