Ray D. Landis

September 5, 2019

Ray D. Landis, 82, of Souderton, PA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

He was the loving husband of Celia N. Landis for 55 years. Ray was born in Souderton, Pennsylvania to the late Alvin F. Landis and the late Edith (Derstine) Landis.

He graduated from Souderton Area High School, class of 1944. Ray attended Pierce Business School. He worked as a business clerk for Moyer & Son in Souderton, as a business administrator for Elvin R. Souder Law Office in Souderton, in the business management department at Aibonito Mennonite Hospital in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, as an accountant for Detweiler Hershey & Associates in Souderton, and then as a cashier and in the produce department for Landis Supermarket in Telford.

Ray was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church where he served as a youth leader. He was a missionary pastor in Puerto Rico for nine years and was involved in local church planting. Ray was a member of First Mennonite Church in Norristown where he was involved in the Spanish ministry and later became a member of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church. Throughout his ministry, he always served as a song leader and Sunday school teacher. Ray also sang with the Franconia Lancaster Choral Singers and the Zion Choral Society for many years.

He volunteered his time at the Souderton Mennonite Homes by reading the Bible and singing with the residents.

Ray loved spending time with his family. He was an avid reader and student of the Bible and enjoyed creating weekly flower arrangements for the Perkiomenville Mennonite Church. Ray was very passionate about music and singing. A highlight in his life was when he sang with his family as the “Landis Family Singers” and they took a three week trip to Puerto Rico where they sang in 13 different Mennonite churches. He enjoyed flowers and gardening and was awarded many ribbons for his horticultural entries. Ray enjoyed photography and visiting and singing to the elderly.

He was a devoted husband, wonderful father, and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Although reserved, Ray was a faithful and loyal servant especially to the church. He was a hardworking, principled, creative, and intelligent man.

In addition to his wife, Ray is survived by his five children, E. Keila Goshow and husband, Michael of Hatfield, PA, David R. Landis and wife, Deborah of Atmore, AL , Ruth N. Janton and husband, Jeffrey of Pennsburg, PA, Alvin R. Landis and wife, Dawn of Telford, PA, and Rachel A. Stinedurf and husband, Paul of Clio, MI; his 19 grandchildren – Tirsa, Tori, Micah, Diana, David, Darren, Monica, Veronica, Natalie, Valerie, Josiah, Esther, Anna, Samuel, Faith, Montague, Maxwell, Morgan, and Paige; seven great-grandchildren – Hayden, Sydney, Jax, Daisy, Tommy, Zeke, and Joy; his sister, Charlotte Landis of Harleysville, PA; and his brother, David Landis and wife, Sharon of Harleysville, PA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Darla Joy Landis and his sister, June Ruth.

A viewing will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Perkiomenville Mennonite Church, 1836 Gravel Pike, Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania 18074 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.

Burial will take place at Perkiomenville Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: You Are Beautiful Fund c/o Grace Fellowship, 1412 E Nashville Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502. This is a ministry for special needs children in Sierra Leone, Africa. Please make checks payable to Grace Fellowship with a separate note stating that it is for the You Are Beautiful Fund.

Arrangements by Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com


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