Raymond A. Meyers, 72, of Grand View, died at home on Saturday morning, Dec. 4, 2010. He passed after a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer and was surrounded by friends and family.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Funeral services will be held at the Rimrock Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 with graveside services to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Grand View. All family and friends are invited to a dinner at Grand View Elementary after the services.
Raymond was born on Sept. 18, 1938, to Alex and Alma Brooks Meyers in Lingle, Wyo. He was the middle brother to Robert and Cecil Meyers.
In Lingle, the Meyers family had a 250-acre dairy farm where they also raised sugar beets, barley, corn and alfalfa.
In 1956, Ray graduated from Lingle High School, attended a local junior college and then went to University of Wyoming and on to Fort Lewis A & M in Colorado.
During his college years he helped the family move to Grand View in 1959.
In 1962, Ray was drafted into the Army. After the Army, he met a beautiful young woman at the movies. He told everyone that his future wife, Cherry (Charlotte), melted at the first sight of him, and they married in 1962.
They were blessed with seven beautiful children: Doug, Cheryll, Shawn, Jerry, Casey, Jason and Julie.
He loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and made sure to share stories at all of his favorite stops about what humorous things they had said or done. He was always one to ask about others children and grandchildren as well. He loved children‹all children. He never seemed to tire of watching them play, teasing them or just laughing along with them.
He worked hard at farming so he would also be able to enjoy fishing and hunting as much as possible. He shared the love of these sports with his sons during many memorable adventures in the valley, around the state and even fishing in Alaska.
Ray never knew a stranger. He would help anyone at any time, no matter what the need may be. He always had stories about the new people he had just met at his office (The Y-Café) and many became his life-long friends. Many of his new and old friends, as well as family, were recipients of his great sense of humor and practical jokes. Ray thought it even better when someone got the best of him with a good one as well. You could never be having a bad day after an encounter with Raymond.
His wit and humor brought a smile to everyone he saw and there was always something memorable or a joke or story to share with others after he left.
Raymond served on numerous boards and committees and believed in being of great service to his community. Most recently, Ray served on the Bruneau-Grand View School District Board of Trustees, Owyhee County Noxious Weed Board, US Ecology Grant Committee and many sugar beet growers boards.
The list would be endless, but Ray didn't want recognition for all the boards he served on. He thought it was work that a good citizen should do and didn't need to be recognized for.
Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cherry Meyers, and their children, Doug Meyers, Shawn (Matt) Freund, Jerry (Penny) Meyers, Casey Meyers, Jason Meyers, and Julie (Bobby) Lindquist.
Those that were also blessed to receive his love, attention and teasing were the grandchildren: Doug's children ‹ Dylan Meyers, Devin (Kat) Meyers; Shawn's children ‹ Krista (Travis) Eason, Garrett Schilz, Ashton Schilz; Jerry's children‹Derrick, Brittney and Mylee Meyers; Casey's children‹Abigail, Jack and Adam Meyers; Jason's children ‹ Kevin and Hailey Meyers; and Julie¹s children‹Bailey, Samantha, and Justin Lindquist. Three great-grandchildren also shared in knowing Ray's love and devotion: Krista's
children‹Julion, Gabriela, and Jaden. He is also survived by brothers, Robert (Joyce) Meyers of Mountain Home and Cecil (Ila) Meyers of Grand View, as well as mother-in-law Mattie Black of Grand View.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Alma Meyers, daughter Cheryll (in infancy), and his father-in-law, Paul Black.
The family would like to thank all of those who have helped them through this difficult time with prayers, food, and other acts of kindness. A special thanks to Cindy Howarth, a special family friend, who helped them through those final hours. The family is forever grateful.
Ray requested that any memorials that were to be made should be made to the Grand View Ambulance through Donna Bennett.