Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS


Raymond Earl Gentry Sr.

March 6, 1927January 7, 2020

Raymond Earl Gentry, Sr., of Topeka, KS passed away January 7, 2020.

Raymond was born on March 6, 1927 in Altus, OK. He served in the Navy in WWII and eventually settled in Lubbock, TX where he retired from Central Freight in 1993. After “retiring” he built houses and worked part time at Enterprise until 2012 when he was 85 years old. Raymond was foremost a follower of Christ and lived his life as a great example to his family and never wavered from his beliefs even when the world and culture were counter to those beliefs.

His wife Betty, his children and grandchildren were adored by him and he showed that love with the best bear hugs in the world. He was sweet, solid and there was never a doubt about what he believed. Ray cherished time spent with his family playing the harmonica, reading and watching western movies, music and fishing. His family is comforted knowing that he is waiting for them in heaven and having a wonderful reunion with loved ones.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, daughter Sue Walker, grandson Chad Walker and great grandchildren Roger Eugene Walker and Colton Ray Hogan. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Betty, daughter Vickie Johnson & husband Howard, son Earl Gentry & wife Melanie, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and sister Patricia DeVogler.


  • Howard Johnson
  • Matt Hogan
  • John Scott
  • Joshua Gentry
  • Dominic Johnson
  • Ethan Johnson


  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 13, 2020


Raymond Earl Gentry Sr.

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Susan Gentry

January 10, 2020

The last time I saw my Uncle Raymond was when he and my Aunt Betty came to see my Dad, his brother. Dad was ill and didn’t have long to live. He was so thrilled that they came to see him. I will forever remember that visit and how much it meant to our family. Condolences to all the family. I know he will be terribly missed.

Carol Lynn Elliott-Himanga

January 8, 2020

Uncle Raymond was one of our favorite uncles. He had a kind and gentle soul. Love and prayers are being sent to all family members.

Carol Lynn Elliott-Himanga