Raymond Leroy Wareham, 73, of Locust Grove, VA, left this world on January 14, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will never garden-vanish. Born on April 29, 1950, in Meadville, PA, Ray was the son of the late Ralph Lee Wareham, Sr. and Elsie Marie Rodgers. He now rests in peace alongside his brother, Ralph Lee Wareham, Jr., and his beloved wife, Marlene Charlotte Wareham.
Ray proudly served in the Army from 1971 to 1976, rocking that military uniform with style and precision. With his membership in the American Legion Post #156, Ray was a soldier through and through, saluting the values that made our country great.
After graduating from Cochranton High School, he continued to bloom at DeVry University in Chicago, IL with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Ray believed that education was the key to success. When Ray wasn't planting knowledge at the Visitors Center in Orange, he was cultivating his passion for gardening. As a Master Gardener, he sowed seeds of beauty wherever he went.
Ray was a true DIY enthusiast, always building and fixing with a smile on his face. He willingly helped his neighbors and community. Being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan was one of Ray's deep-rooted passions. His enthusiasm for the team was infectious, lighting up the room with his "black and yellow" spirit. We know he's keeping a watchful eye from the gridiron in the sky holding his terrible towel.
Ray found solace and community at Rhoadesville Baptist Church, where he attended with Marlene. He served on several committees and was a Deacon for many years. His faith anchored him and guided his steps throughout his life journey. His family was extremely important to him, particularly the love for and pride he had in his grandson, Regan.
Ray's life will be celebrated at Preddy's Funeral Home located at 250 W. Main Street Orange, VA 22960. After the service, we will honor Ray's memory with interment at Culpeper National Cemetery at 305 U. S. Avenue, Culpeper, VA 22960. Ray leaves behind a garden of memories, including his loving daughters, Rebecca Wareham, Deborah Wareham, and Margaret Scalf, and his cherished grandson, Regan Self-Wareham.
Let's keep his spirit alive by embracing laughter and love. In memory of Ray, donations can be made to the Parkinson's Association and the American Legion of Orange Post #156. Every contribution brightens the path for others, just as Ray did during his time here.
Preddy's Funeral Home in Orange, VA, is honored to assist the family during this bittersweet time. Funeral services will be held at Preddy’s in Orange Friday, January 19, 2024 at 10:00 AM—procession to follow with interment at Culpeper National Cemetery at noon. Rest easy, Ray. We'll remember you for your excellent joke-telling, infectious smile, and kindness.