Raymond J. Urbiss, age 72, of Marble Road, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 19, 2013, in Alpine Skilled Nursing Facility, after a lengthy illness. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
Ray was born on May 14, 1941, in Little Falls, son of the late John and Mary Grace Houghtaling Urbiss. He was raised in Little Falls, where he graduated from Saint Mary's Academy. On May 31, 1960, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J., where he earned a medal for expert marksmanship with the M-14 rifle. He was honorably discharged on May 29, 1963, attaining the rank of specialist first class.
On July 3, 1971, he was united in marriage with the former Marilyn Miller in the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer. For over 25 years, Mr. Urbiss was employed as a lineman for the Niagara Mohawk Company, retiring in 1996. Ray always enjoyed traveling, boating, fishing and working on the family home on Canadrago Lake. He especially enjoyed his hunting times with his good friend, Leon Becker.
To all who knew him, they will never forget his sharp wit and great sense of humor.
Surviving are his devoted wife of 42 years, Marilyn; two sons, David Urbiss, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brent Smith and wife, Lynne, of Richfield Springs; three daughters, Shelly Schwasnick and husband, Kirk, of Mohawk, Kristen Urbiss, of Richfield Springs, and Jennifer Benedict and husband, Butch, of Little Falls; two sisters, Margaret and Tim Metot, of Little Falls, and Nancy and Lynn Richards, of Dolgeville; seven grandchildren, Matthew Urbiss, Lindsey Suarez, Meghan Walsh and Rebecca, Karlie, Kristen and Eric Schwasnick; two great-grandchildren, Xavier and Layla Suarez, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Urbiss.
Calling hours for Mr. Urbiss will be on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 W. James St., Richfield Springs. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Sharon Rankins-Burd officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Schuyler Lake United Methodist Rebuilding Fund or the Schuyler Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.