MIFFLINBURG – Donald Ray Dutrow, 84, a resident of Mifflinburg since 1953, entered into rest at 10:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.
He was born July 16, 1931, in Centre Hall, a son of the late John H. and Alice L. (Heckman) Dutrow. On June 20, 1953, in Centre Hall, he married the former Janet B. Leister, who survives.
Ray was a 1949 graduate of Centre Hall – Potter High School. He was a 1953 graduate of Penn State University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture and his Masters Degree in Education. Ray was a 4 year letterman on the Penn State men’s soccer team.
He was an Agriculture teacher at Mifflinburg Area High School from 1953 to 1966. Ray was active in the FFA Chapter and was an advisor of the Young Farmers Association. He was actively involved in supporting and educating young farmers in the Union County Area, and received many awards for his dedication.
Ray served as Principal of the Mifflinburg Area High School from 1966 until he retired in 1988.
He was an active member of the Mifflinburg United Methodist Church for 62 years where he served and chaired many committees.
Ray was a District IV PIAA committee member for over 8 years, coached little league baseball, and AYSO soccer.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, sports, time at the beach, traveling after retirement, and spending time with his family. Ray willingly dedicated most of his time supporting and helping others.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 62 years, are one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy R. and Deborah Dutrow of New Columbia; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra J. and Ted Cresswell of Mifflinburg; six grandchildren and their spouses, Renee L. and Jeremy St. Clair of Mifflinburg, T.J. and Caitlin M. Cresswell of Mifflinburg, Mark A. and Jennifer N. Cresswell of Mifflinburg; Megan B. and James M. Heistand of Lewisburg, and T. Drew Dutrow of Washington, D.C.; eight great grandchildren, Alexis, Garrett, Gavin, and Grant St. Clair, Mallory, and Macey Heistand, Brody, and Brielle Cresswell, and Owen Cresswell; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Lynn and Louise Dutrow of Centre Hall, and Warren Dutrow of Beaver Springs.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Nicole A. Cresswell; three brothers, Kenneth, Melvin, and John, Jr.; and two sisters, Hazel Rockey, and Geraldine Dashem.
Family and friends are welcome to a time of visitation from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the Mifflinburg United Methodist Church, 279 Market St., where the funeral service will be conducted at noon, with Rev. Elizabeth Taylor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Mifflinburg United Methodist Church, 279 Market St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.