Ray H.'s Story

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Ray H. Field, 69, of Methuen, passed away after a short battle with adrenal cancer on May 30, 2017, surrounded by his loving and devoted family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Ray was born on May 12, 1948, to Albert and Annie (Kegerreis) Field in Lebanon County, Pa. Ray graduated from Lebanon Valley High School in Lebanon, Pa. Shortly after graduating from high school, Ray served a nearly three decades to the United States Armed Forces. He retired honorably 28 years later as a Master Sergeant. While balancing life as a father, husband, military reservist and full-time employee, Ray knew the importance of a higher education. He attended evening classes at UMass Lowell and graduated with the Class of 1981. Ray worked for nearly 50 years as a nuclear rigger for the United States Navy at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in which he was a member of Local Iron Worker’s 745. Shortly before discharge from active duty, he married his sweetheart, Priscilla (Budenas), in a church ceremony in Lawrence, Mass., on October 11, 1970. Ray and his wife settled in Methuen to raise their six children, a true family man. He was a man who was known for being very creative and extremely talented with his mind and hands. He single-handedly built the family home and immensely enjoyed every moment of it. Ray was the type of fellow who was very generous with his time and knowledge. Ray enjoyed his chickens, ducks and goose, along with gardening. Ray found solace with being on the water. He touched many lives and will truly be missed.
Ray is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Priscilla Field of Methuen, with whom he celebrated 46 years of marriage. He was the cherished father to his six children, his daughter, Nicole "Nikki" M. Doherty of Goffstown, N.H.; his son, Ray "JJ" H. Field, Jr. of Methuen, Mass.; his daughter, Kristen R. Doyle and her husband, James of Middleton, Mass.; his son, Matthew R. Field and his wife, Keode of Goffstown, N.H.; his daughter, Lisa R. MacDonald and her husband, Jay of Danvers, Mass.; and his daughter, Sarah R. Ebert and her husband, Aaron of Billerica, Mass. Ray was the proud grandfather to his 10 loving grandchildren. Additionally he is survived by his mother, Annie Field of Pennsylvania; his brother, Paul Field of Pennsylvania; and his sister, Eleanor Bachman of Pennsylvania; and many loving nieces and nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Albert Field, and his son-in-law, Robert Doherty.
Visitation for Ray will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. Friends and family are cordially invited. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. To honor the family’s wishes, interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ray’s memory to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/419049. To leave an online condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Field family.
Published on  June 2, 2017
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