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|Raymond M. Housley|
|Service: November 8, 2017 (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m.|
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD
Raymond M. Housley, formerly of Gaithersburg, MD, Washington Grove, MD and Martinsburg, WV, passed away on November 2, 2017. Born March 14, 1929, he was the son of Alberta and Wiley Housley and grandson of Leila and Samuel Briggs. Early in life Raymond worked at his grandfather’s farm on the outskirts of Gaithersburg, learning the lessons of hard work. Those lessons continued as he worked odd jobs in the local grocery store and the local soda shop.
As a teenager, Raymond enjoyed sports, becoming a baseball pitcher sought by scouts for a minor league team. Raymond was an Air Force veteran. He worked for the telephone company and the school system and the post office before becoming a cabinet maker. He worked as a builder for many years, owning his own business and working as a superintendent for a number of large local construction companies, overseeing the construction of schools, churches and custom homes. He took great pride in building his own home and much of the furniture within it. He became a Master at Masonic Lodge Pentalpha #194 in 1955 and remained an active member there, as Past Master.
Mr. Housley was the beloved husband of Helen Housley for 64 years; cherished father of Sandra FitzGerald (Joe) and Karen Rice (Gene); loving grandfather of David FitzGerald (Catherine), Michael FitzGerald (Michelle), Laura McGann (Tim), Katelyn Rice, and Rachel Rice; and great-grandfather of Elizabeth, Nicolas, Gregory and Alexander FitzGerald; Claire, Emma and Brian FitzGerald; and Kyle, Melanie and Brenden McGann. Raymond was predeceased by his sister Helen Price and brother-in-law Dean Price.
Services will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at 10:00 a.m. at DeVol Funeral Home10 E. Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD. Interment to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Masonic Lodge Pentalpha #194 at P.O. Box 2124, Germantown, MD 20875-2124.
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