Ray Frank Sisson Jr., 81

Postal worker, veteran

December 21, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ray Frank Sisson Jr., a retired postal worker and World War II veteran, died Tuesday at Casey House Hospice in Rockville. The former longtime Pikesville resident was 81.

Mr. Sisson was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton. He attended City College, leaving to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1944.

Mr. Sisson, who was a rifleman, was wounded in action at the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. His decorations included the Purple Heart.

He returned to Baltimore after the war and went to work for the post office in Pikesville as a letter carrier. He also had a part-time job as an insurance investigator for the Retail Credit Co. for many years.

After retiring from the post office in 1980, he moved from Pikesville to St. Augustine, Fla., where he volunteered at Flagler Hospital, performed with a local choral group and was active in the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

In 2003, he moved to Mays Chapel Ridge in Timonium and later the Maples retirement community in Towson. He then moved to Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville.

Mr. Sisson enjoyed bowling and golf.

His wife of 25 years, the former Rose P. McCusker, died in 1974.

Mr. Sisson was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Sisson is survived by a son, Peter M. Sisson of Towson; four daughters, Mary W. Edukat of Gaithersburg, Johanna B. Stearns of Fulton, Mo., Clare R. Hash of Baltimore and Margaret D. Dolan of Germantown; three sisters, Eileen Miller of Newport News, Va., Joyce Stepp of St. Augustine and Janet McKee of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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