Celebration of Life Service for Raymond L. Meyer will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in rural Smithfield, Nebraska with Pastor Tim Glendening officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date at the Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Gosper County, Nebraska.
Raymond LeRoy Meyer, 80 years of age, of Bertrand, Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Bertrand Nursing Home. Raymond was born January 29, 1938 to Rudolph and Lydia (Sasse) Meyer, on a farm near, Athol in Smith County, Kansas. Raymond was baptized on February 22, 1938 in the old St. John’s Lutheran Church at Athol, and later confirmed on April 6, 1952 in the new church that is current near Athol. He received his education in rural schools in Smith County near their family farm.
Following his education, Raymond engaged in his lifelong passion of farming, and raising cattle with his father until the Fall of 1957, when he moved to the Bertrand / Smithfield, Nebraska area. Ray was employed by Marvin Ebmeier as a hired man in the Spring of 1958.
On June 3, 1961 he was united in marriage to Bertha Ellis, and to this union four children were born: Karen, Gary, Lois, and Allan. The family made their home on a farm southwest of Bertrand in 1977, where Ray devoted his life to providing for his family. Throughout the years, Ray also enjoyed selling DeKalb Seed Corn to area neighbors, which assisted in many lifelong friendships. Besides the farm, Ray also raised cattle, and could often be found checking the cows on his horse, or helping with a cattle drive. Saturday nights, for many years, involved roping in Atlanta.
When grandchildren came into the picture, Ray and Bertha thoroughly loved attending their activities, and teaching them how to ride horses as well. Ray loved to listen to Daniel O’Donnell’s gospel music, and several trips to Branson, Missouri were made to hear him live in concert.
Raymond was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council, and also served his community on the CO-OP Board. Raymond was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need, especially if it meant he could be on his horse. A favorite memory he enjoyed sharing was an experience on a horse, attempting to help round-up a neighbor’s herd of buffalo.
Ray was preceded in death by parents; his in-laws: Orval and Martha Ellis; two sisters: Doris Kuhlmann, and Lela Bethke and her husband, Gerald; one brother, Alfred Meyer; brother-in-law, Delbert Ellis; and sister-in-law, Donna Ellis.
He leaves to celebrate his life; his wife of 56 years, Bertha Meyer of Bertrand; two daughters: Karen Stock and her husband, Robert of Marysville, Kansas; and Lois Terrell and her husband, Chad of Loomis, Nebraska; two sons: Gary Meyer and his special friend, Mary Sabin of Gothenburg, Nebraska; and Allan Meyer and his wife, Dana of Loomis; 7 grandchildren: 2 step-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; 3 step great-granddaughters; one brother, Gilbert Meyer and his wife, Sharon of Smith Center, Kansas; one sister, Marlene Meyer of Houston, Texas; brothers-in-law: Clifton Ellis and his wife, Joyce of Omaha, Nebraska; Dan Ellis and his wife, Bonnie of Correctionville, Iowa; and Vernon Kuhlmann of Phillipsburg, Kansas; sisters-in-law: Carol Ellis of Minden, Nebraska; and Jessie Meyer of Elwood, Nebraska; special friends: Janet and Raymond Renken; Bev Vacha; and Joyloraine Wilson, who were like family to Ray; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
There will be no visitation, or memorial book signing; the family is honoring Ray’s wish for cremation.
A memorial has been established in Raymond’s honor, and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.