Ray was born on June 28, 1946 in Brockton, MA. He is the son of the late James Lewis MacAuslan and Bernice G. Burrell MacAuslan LaFleur.
Surving are his loving wife, Linda D. (Brown) MacAuslan. Ray and Linda celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 5th. Ray is also survived by sister and brothers: Audrey M. (Al) Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas; James L. MacAuslan (Gail); Marshall L. MacAuslan; and Arthur E. AKA “Mac” (Lori) MacAuslan all of Brockton, MA; daughter and son, Kimberly and Timothy and their children; special niece, Krissy and other beloved nieces and nephews.
Ray and Linda directed the Patchwork Puppet ministry for over 35 years. Ray drove the bus, operated the sound and lighting for each presentation and always kept the programs running. His life and the ministry touched many lives having been honored to work with over 100 teens throughout the years in the ministry. He added creativity to the ministry with black light and other special effects, amazing props and his favorite-pyrotechnics. Ray was a gifted guitar player and soloist. He could play a 6 or 12 string acoustic or electric guitar or a banjo, a bass pedal and an electronic drummer while singing. He was inspiring, adventurous and inventive. He was known for his generous spirit. Ray had a great imagination and as a mechanic he could fix anything with bailing twine, duct tape and bubble gum!
He had an appreciation of God’s world and creation. He enjoyed the beauty of fine wood grains and as a cabinet maker he created lovely furniture out of wood cut from the family property. He had a gift for tree grafting and restored many fruit trees by grafting new scions onto the branches and stumps of the trees. He loved his vegetable garden, fruit and nut trees and berries. He was known as the “Jelly Man” having made many jams and jellies from his handpicked berries. He loved animals and enjoyed their dog, Cinder, their cats, their wildlife and watching the many birds that came to their feeders, especially the Red Breasted Grosbeaks.
Ray was a man of faith, a deep spiritual thinker and he loved his Sunday School class discussions at the Millerton Wesleyan Church. The name of his Lord “Yeshua” was special to him. He participated in several Church drama presentations and always loved the challenge of portraying the “bad guy.”
Ray loved searching for treasures with his metal detector and he was always prepared with a plastic bag in his pockets to collect his treasures.
He was a wood and metal craftsman. He cut coins into fine pieces of jewelry. He created names and many other large and small objects out of wood and metal. Ray loved to cook. He was a master chef and could create a delightful food item from almost anything. He loved anything chocolate!
Ray was a former EMT, a constable for Wells Township, PA; he was a member of and active in the Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers (FCP) and the Gillett, PA Seniors Center where he was known as the “Popcorn Man.”
Family and friends are invited to gather at the Millerton Wesleyan Church, 5174 Main Street, Millerton, PA 16936 on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 to11:00 AM. His Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the Millerton Wesleyan Church. Pastors Laurie Greenlaw and Steve Paul will officiate. Ray directed many times that his service should not be sad, but rather a celebration because he is in Heaven celebrating. We will honor Ray’s request.
Graveside services will follow on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Gillett, PA Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to meet on the Ayres Road in Gillett, PA at 9:30 AM to accompany Ray to his resting place.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers, c/o Carol Ennis, PO Box 71, Forest City, NC 28043. Ray’s guestbook may be signed at www.olthof.com.