Raymond E. Marble
ONEONTA _ Raymond E. Marble, 88, of Oneonta, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Oneonta on July 29, 1923, the son of the late Claude and Ethel Marble, the youngest of six siblings all of which predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Angelita Tavares Marble, who passed away March 10, 2003; a son, John R. Marble of West Davenport, who passed away Oct. 2, 2007; and a son-in-law, Nelson A. Wells Jr., who passed away April 9, 2005.
He attended Oneonta High School, and served his country in August 1940, and completed his diploma in the service on March 17, 1941. He was discharged as a sergeant of the Military Police Battalion in March of 1944.
He moved back from San Juan, P.R. and started work at the Oneonta Postal Office and from there he went on to open his own business which was called "Speeds Delivery." His nick name was "Speedy" and well-known for 35 years. He is also known for having the first friendly neighborhood gym in his garage in Oneonta. He then worked at the Oneonta School system at Valleyview for 13 years as a custodian of the housekeeping department, 10 of which were with his daughter, Sue.
His patience and smile was treasured by all. In his retirement years, he worked with his sons, Brian, Rich and John part-time at "Muscles in Motion." What a crew of pranksters. There wasn't a day that went by a joke wasn't pulled on one of them. What a combination of love and hard work.
His greatest passion was his family with his grandchildren by his side and we can't forget his beloved lab, Blondie, the family dog we all loved to dress up. Eight years old and looking good with sunglasses and a handkerchief around her neck, that put a smile on his face.
Raymond is survived by his five wonderful children, Violet Wells of Oneonta, Beverly and Dave Fuller of Delhi, Richard Marble of Maryland, Susan and Stan Holmes of Oneonta and Brian Marble and his significant other, Tammy Gardepe of Oneonta; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
Dad was known at the house as the cook and would cook anything for his grandchildren on orders from his wife.
Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. A service to celebrate the life of Raymond Marble will immediately follow at noon with the President Bruno officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 a great and caring organization. Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless.
Raymond's family would like to send a special thank you to the Fox Nursing Home for their patience and loving care of our dad they're all so special.
To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.