OBITUARY

Raymond Thaddeus Kearney Jr.

December 12, 1928September 17, 2020
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Raymond T. Kearney Jr., a well-known member of the America’s Boating Club, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at his home in Pasadena, TX.

He was born in Mobile, AL December 12, 1928, the son of Madeline Inez Wahl and Raymond T. Kearney.

He was a graduate of McGill Institute in Mobile and Auburn University. An electrical engineer, he worked for Entergy (formerly Gulf States Utilities) in Beaumont, Lake Charles and Port Arthur.

He married Mary Elizabeth Gunthorpe on July 26, 1952. She preceded him in death in 1991.

He married Billie Jean Townsend Golden on December 26, 1998 in Pasadena.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by Julia Kearney of San Antonio, Mary (Brian) Mulvaney of Austin, Thad Kearney of Lumberton, and Clare (Michael) Schmitt of Rockville, MD. He has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his step-children Cynthia Sawyer, Dale (Beth) Golden, Paul (Tracie) Golden, Philip Golden, Glenn (Lorine) Golden, 7 step-grandchildren, and 4 step-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kearney was a longtime member of the Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, now known as America’s Boating Club. He served as commander of the former Beaumont Squadron, and held numerous local and district committee positions since he moved to Pasadena. For many years he and Billie were recognized for cooperative charting activities, traveling across the United States plotting geodetic markers for the National Ocean Service, NOAA.

He enjoyed duck and deer hunting and traveling all 50 states.

A man of few words, he had a quick wit, and could talk to just about anyone about anything. He will be remembered as a loving and caring father, both to his own children and grandchildren, and also to those of his second wife.

Mr. Kearney had been in declining health, as he endured four kinds of cancer as well as COPD.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. and a rosary at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 21 at Pasadena Funeral Home, 2203 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena, TX 77502.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 22 at St. Pius Catholic Church, 812 Main St., Pasadena, TX 77506. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, 7301 Memorial St., Hitchcock, TX 77563.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron Memorial Fund, 957 East Nasa Parkway #140, Houston, TX 77058.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Guests

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Kathy Mulvaney

September 23, 2020

Daddy was such a loving father to me and grandfather to my children. His great grandchildren brought him so much joy and he loved having all of his added family when he married Billie. I learned so much from him and will dearly miss him. I’m thankful to have so many good memories! Love you always, Daddy!

Lel Schmidt

September 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you Kearny family. I know how close the family is and how much Ray will be missed. He is with the Lord and in peace. Ray will always be in our hearts and he will always be watching over you.
Love and Prayers to all of you
Lel and Paul

Melody Krumdieck

September 19, 2020

My condolences to you girls for the loss of your dad. I know you will miss him. You were blessed to have had him for so many years.

Susan Knabeschuh

September 19, 2020

My condolences to all of Mr. Kearney's family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Beth Golden

September 18, 2020

Dale and I were blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with Raymond and Billie after they were married. Raymond was Dale’s stepfather for 21 years. He adored his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was completely devoted to his love, Billie. He was a man who possessed a very deep and strong faith in God, and I believe this is what kept him so strong and courageous throughout the long duration of his illness. He personified grace under the most horrible of circumstances, and that I will always remember and admire about Raymond.
Rest peacefully, Raymond, a good and faithful servant.

Lorine Golden

September 18, 2020

Ray was my husband’s stepfather and the only grandfather our kids ever knew on my husband’s side of the family. He was a quiet man but a straight shooter, and a loving husband and traveling companion to his wife. He was a good grandfather to our kids and was present at every major event of their lives. We have many fond memories of Ray and will miss him dearly!

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