Raymond F. Wodock, Jr., age 96 of Dallas, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, to be with his Lord.
He was born in Doylestown on September 3, 1921 and was the son of the late Laura and Raymond Wodock, Sr.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Gertrude Wodock, Joe Wodock, Jack Wodock, Mary Evans, Dolly Wodock and Donald Wodock, adopted family, Marie and Bob Dapp.
Ray graduated from Doylestown High School and from West Chester University in 1943 to pursue a teaching career in physical education. Before he could continue his teaching career, he entered the US Army during World War II and served in the Infantry 91st Division that saw action in the Poe Valley, Italy. His military record earned him Meritorious Unit Award, American Theater Service Medal, Victory Medal and three Bronze Stars.
After serving his country, Ray taught for Central Bucks High School for 12 years where he coached football, basketball and baseball. He then taught at Delhaas High School in Bristol, where he served as head wrestling coach for 17 years where he amassed an outstanding record of 116 wins and 57 losses during his tenure. During that time, Ray coached many outstanding wrestlers for Regional and Lower Bucks Championships. He was also assistant soccer coach at Delhaas for 6 years.
Ray was a sports enthusiast, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He enjoyed being at Camp Onawanda during the summer with his family and friends.
He was inducted into the Bristol Township School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Ray was one of the most popular and respected teachers and coach to receive this distinguished service award.
Ray was a registered PIAA official for football, basketball and baseball. He officiated many high school games for 30 years in Bucks and Montgomery counties. After his retirement from teaching, Ray played for the 70’s and Over Pennsylvania State Softball Team where he was on teams that played in the 1995 National Championship in San Antonio, TX, 1997 in Tucson, AZ and 1999 in Orlando, FL. He then moved to Dallas in 2004.
He is survived by son, Thom Wodock of New Jersey; longtime partner and forever best friend, Claudia Zosh of Dallas; adopted family, Lois and Bill Lavelle of Dallas, Andrew Zosh of North Carolina; many close and caring nieces and nephews that will always have fond memories of Uncle Ray; best friends, Carol Gross, Tom and Laree Brown.
To say that Ray will be missed would be an understatement. He left a lasting impression with the people who were fortunate to know Ray and share his life. They will know him for his kindness and generosity. He loved his country and teaching but most of all he loved his family and friends.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.
If you wish to make a memorial contribution in Ray’s name please send it to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101, or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104.