Raymond Armater

Raymond Armater

Wednesday, June 9th, 1926 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Raymond Armater (94) died peacefully at Lutheran Care Center on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2020, a poetic passing for a man who proudly served in the US Navy during World War II.

Born on June 9, 1926 in Kingston, NY to Lucy and Joseph Armater, Ray grew up in Old Hurley. His education in the Kingston school system culminated in his senior year when he was elected as the 1943 Class President and accepted into Williams College. His college career was put on hold for two years when he joined the US Navy. He served our country in the Pacific Theater from 1944 through 1946 and then resumed his studies at Williams, graduating in 1948. Ray returned to Hurley to begin what would be an impressive 36-year career with IBM. In 1951, he married Wanda Rion, who he had met on a blind date, and moved to Kingston. She pre-deceased him in 2001.

Ray was always involved in public and community service. He was elected Alderman of Kingston’s 11th ward, a seat his father had held before him, and then served as a member of the Ulster County Legislature. He was also a long-time officer and Board Chair of the Ulster County Historical Society.

Ray is survived by his daughter Elissa of Clifton Park, NY; his son Raymond and daughter-in-law Ann of Poughkeepsie; his three cherished granddaughters Elizabeth Kaufmann, Olivia Duffy, and Madeline Armater, and great-granddaughter Cora Kaufmann, who he was able to meet before his death.

A private burial will take place at the family’s convenience. In Ray’s memory, friends are invited to make gifts to Hospice Foundation of Dutchess County (374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601), whose staff partnered with the wonderful team at Lutheran Care Center in providing wonderful care to Dad/Grampie. The family is so very grateful for their compassion and expertise.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H., Inc. Poughkeepsie, NY. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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Ted Prenting

Posted at 09:39am
Ray, Ann and family,
Your Dad's name jumped off the obituary page when I saw it, and despite my not having seem either of you in some time, I want to express my sympathy to both of you and your family on his passing. I do hope that you can still enjoy a good Thanksgiving with your family. Know that others are thinking of you.
With best regards,
Ted Prenting

Debbie Cantamessa

Posted at 09:30am
Dear Ray and Ann,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences. Debbie and John Cantamessa

Liz Feser

Posted at 07:13pm
I met Ray many years ago when I worked at Dr. Jack Weeks' office. Ray was always happy and always fun to see. He engaged in conversation and took interest in me and my day. I'll always remember Ray's last day of coming to the office. It was bitter sweet. Ray had moved to Poughkeepsie and wasn't going to be coming back to Kingston for office visits. I was sad that I wouldn't see him anymore, but happy for him that he was doing well in his new home and new life. He brought me a gift...a wind up Toucan Bird that hops around my desk making a funny clacking noise. He said it was for those days that get so crazy that you just need something to change the mood. It works like a charm! Just this past week I wound it up and let it roam my desk. I laughed as the toy hopped around, thought fondly of Ray, and wondered how he was. Today I sadly learned of his passing. I send wishes of peace and love to Ray's family. I'm sure you all know you were blessed with a wonderful man in your lives. I'm blessed to have a small part of him remain with me. With great sincerity, Liz Feser

Robert McKee

Posted at 11:32am
Dear Ann and Raymond and family. I am sorry for your loss. He lived a long and good life. Bob McKee

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