Raymond C. Haag
SIDNEY — Raymond Christian Haag, 83, of Sidney, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at his home.
Ray was born on March 6, 1930, son of the late John and Louise (Bull) Haag in Mineola, Long Island.
Following high school, Raymond attended Columbia College in New York City from 1948 until 1952, where he also participated in the NROTC Program. Following graduation in 1952, he received his commission as LJG in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Caliente. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
On June 8, 1952, Ray was married to Roma Petrone at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Williston Park, Long Island. Their family moved to the Sidney area in the summer of 1963.
From the time they moved to Sidney, Ray was very involved in his community. He worked for Una-Lam in Sidney until he retired in 1983, as vice president of sales.
He belonged to the Charles L. Jacobi American Legion Post 183 in Sidney.
Ray joined the Sidney Rotary Club in 1963, and was a longtime member, serving as president in 1984, as well as being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a dedicated member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sidney until his death, and had served as the church’s financial secretary.
Over the years, Raymond generously welcomed into his home, mentored and loved many young people.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Roma “Ronnie” Haag, Sidney; daughter, Dr. Ellen Louise Johnson and her husband, Anthony T. Forbidussi Jr., Thompson, Pa.; grandchildren, Benjamin Raymond Johnson, Melanie Anne Barrett, Christian Leigh Bloom and Laura Kay Johnson; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Ellen Johnson, Connor Alleric Barrett, Jordan Paul Barrett, Kaelie Marie Johnson, Parker Devland Johnson, Isaac Thomas Seiler and Christine Anna Seiler; cousins, Linda Orme, Karen Wacker, Joanne Gawron and Ed Kipp.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his son, Robert Raymond Haag; and great-granddaughter, Darlene Elizabeth Johnson.
Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 139 West Main St., Sidney.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ernie Varga officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ray’s memory may be directed to either St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, or to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.