Raymond Kietrys, age 72, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Hackettstown Medical Center. Ray was born on June 29, 1949 in Newton, NJ to the late John F. Kietrys and Mary Helen (Kozlowski) Kietrys. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Kietrys.
Ray was a lifelong resident of Hackettstown. He attended St. Mary’s school as a young child, and graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1967. While at HHS, he served as the Class President from 1966-67 and was a member of the wrestling and basketball teams. Most notably, he was quarterback for the football team, and in 1966 they were co-champions of the Delaware River Conference along with Washington’s Blue Streaks – their head-to-head battle that season ended in a 0-0 tie. He also was the Captain and second baseman for the HHS baseball team where he was the leadoff hitter and led the team in stolen bases. In 1967, the Tigers were the Delaware River Conference Champions and went on to win the Little Four Championship.
Ray attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA where he played baseball, and graduated from Montclair State College where he earned his B.A. in History and Philosophy, as well as received his teaching certification.
Ray was a graduate of the Major League Umpire Development Program and umpired professionally in the New York – PENN League. He also umpired college and high school baseball in the area, and was a permanent fixture at Tannery Field in Hackettstown, umpiring all the men’s softball league games for 20+ years. He was active in the local community coaching football and wrestling in the Hackettstown Recreation Program.
Ray was a Realtor for over 40 years, specializing in residential sales in the Hackettstown area. He was a member of the NJ Association of Realtors and received their “NJAR Circle of Excellence Award” multiple times as well as the CENTURY 21 “Customer Service Award.” He was also named one of New Jersey’s Top Real Estate Agents in New Jersey Monthly.
He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid college football fan. He especially loved the Virginia Tech Hokies and attended countless games at Lane Stadium with his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Patricia; his daughter Krista Roberts and husband Erik and their son, Patrick, of Princeton, NJ; his eldest brother John Kietrys of Christiansburg, VA; his nephew Michael Kietrys and wife Amy, and their children John and Casey of Christiansburg, VA; his niece Kelly and her husband Doug Wallace and their son Bradley of Phoenix, AZ. Ray is survived by additional extended family in New Jersey and many loving friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 4 from 10 – 11 am at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
The funeral service will begin at 11 am on Saturday, December 4 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ at a later date.