Ron D Raymer
July 23, 1943 – May 8, 2018
Ron Raymer, 74, of Raytown, MO and Mission, TX, entered this life on July 23, 1943, in Warsaw, MO. He grew up in the small Ozark town of Climax Springs, MO and graduated from Climax Springs High School in 1961.
Being of much greater importance to Ron was his second birth. On April 26th he celebrated with personal reflection and celebration his 60th spiritual birthday. Because of his acceptance of God’s great grace and priceless gift of Eternal Life through the redeeming work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his faith was made sight mid-morning on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as he was escorted suddenly and unexpectedly into the presence of his Lord and his Eternal home.
Ron was multitalented and was a good steward of all the gifts endowed to him. He used his talents and gifts to serve others and to glorify his Lord.
When stricken with rheumatic fever as a young teen, Ron realized God took him through those days to begin developing his art talent and recognize his need for God in his life. His art talents lead to his 37-year career at Hallmark Cards as a engraver. His art has included baptismal murals for churches, painting, embossing, engraving, wood carving, instrument customization, and more. Ron’s work has received some high acclaim.
His art is part of the collection at The Truman Presidential Library, The Ralph Foster Museum, College of the Ozark, The Smithsonian, American Banjo Museum, Musical Instrument Museum, American Jazz Museum, NYC Fire Fighters’ Museum (9-11 cow), and Nuevo Santander Gallery (McAllen, TX). Special works included 2 Kansas City Cow Parade cows, several first-day issue for USPS stamp first day covers, covers for Winston Churchill, Harry S Turman, and Charlie Parker; celebrity instruments, Fort Scott historical museum displays, 38 Rockhurst Executive Fellows class caricatures, White House Christmas cards for several Presidents, Some of his works can be viewed online at www.RaymerStudio.com
Music has always been a part of his life. His joy was playing in jam sessions first with his father, uncles, and family and then later with his many bluegrass friends. Music was also part of his ministry. As a youth director, he organized teens to worship and serve through music. He was a song writer for more than 50 years, writing spiritual and sentimental songs. In retirement, he and Arrena performed his songs at many senior citizen centers and churches both here in the Kansas City metro and South Texas. Ron has recorded over 25 CDs, primarily original songs he wrote.
Ron had the gift of teaching. From early adulthood, he taught Sunday School—first to 6th grade boys, then teens and later as an adult Sunday School teacher for 40 years. At Hallmark Cards, he mentored and taught workshops for fellow artists. He was a great communicator of the Word of God and assisted in writing several devotionals. This past winter was his third year as lead teacher/pastor at Sunlight Church, McAllen, Texas.
Ron leaves a legacy of lives touched—family, friends, church members, classmates, work associates, neighbors—who all will greatly miss him. Family was important to him. He leaves his helper and love of his life of 54.75 years, Arrena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evin and Helen Raymer; his brother, Donald; his sisters, Darlene Raymer Mauss and Dorothy Raymer Husong. He is survived by his wife, Arrena Mills Raymer, brothers James “Harold” Raymer (Bernice), of Springfield, MO and Vernon Raymer (Margaret), of Raymore, MO; his children, Jennifer Raymer Lawson (David), of Independence, MO, Marrena Raymer Ralph (Rusty), of Blue Springs, Ronald Raymer II, Concord, NC, and Russell Raymer (Debbie), Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Grandchildren, Crystal Lawson, Jarid & Lindsay Lawson, Paul & Susan Ralph, Lynnae & Alex Andersen, Timothy & Alyssa Ralph, Craig & Emily Lawson, Peter & Amber Ralph, Andrew Ralph, Arrena Ralph, Ronald Raymer III, Elliott Raymer, Helena Raymer, Carena Raymer; Great-grandchilden, Aaden, Summer, Isabelle, Cooper, Xander, Makenna, Baby Lawson, Baby Ralph; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his loving church family.
A life well-lived. A faithful servant of God.
In lieu of flower, the family requests donations to OREMUNDO Inc and The Gideons International.
- Visitation Sunday, May 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, May 13, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, May 14, 2018
Ron D Raymer
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May 13, 2018
Kimball and I have wonderful memories of Ron. He used an illustration of us being "an old garden hose" that God uses to share His word. We are just the conduit to share His love. I've never forgotten that. Ron exemplified that, allowing God's love to flow through him. He will be missed. I loved his facebook posts. And his music. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
May 12, 2018
I have been blesses to have been friends with Ron for about 35 years In that time I dont believe I have ever known anyone more talented than he was in so many ways. We shared the love of our bluegrass music and were partners in a bluegrass band for 20 years plus during which time we had three CD"S recorded. Even better than that were the countless jam sessions we had at festival and so many other places. I will miss Ron forever and probably keep looking for him to enter at the next jam session. Our prayers go out to Arrena and all his family, Rest in peace old friend.
Tammy & Charles Wells
May 11, 2018
Ron was such a sweet and funny man. He always made the jam session more fun and interesting. He was kind to everyone. Our lives have been enriched by knowing him.
We are so sad and heartbroken. We will miss him dearly.
May 9, 2018
Absolutely the most talented man I've known in so many different areas; music, art, carving, painting, etc. Like many of his friends, we are fortunate to have a few items Ron produced to keep his memory with us. For several years we've enjoyed camping at festivals and playing music with Ron. Then in winter he and Arrena hosted the Monday Jam at Wagon City South in Mission, TX. where we got to play together weekly.
Eternal Rest Grant unto him Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him.