Jan 13,1934---Sep 04,2021

After a four-month battle with cancer, Raymond J. Mersman, 87, of Overland Park, KS passed away September 4, 2021 at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his family. The Rosary will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 9th at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park, KS with the visitation following until 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, September 10th at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Boniface Cemetery, Scipio, Kansas.

 

 

Ray was born January 13, 1934, on a farm outside of Greeley, KS. The fifth child of John and Catherine (Rockers) Mersman, he moved to Scipio with his family and attended East Scipio Grade School.  He continued his education at Richmond High School, where he served as class president. He was active in sports, and claimed his basketball team was the greatest in school history. 

 

On July 5, 1954, Ray married his high school sweetheart, Henrietta Pickert, at St. Theresa Church in Richmond, KS embarking on 67 years of adventure.  Two years after they were married, Ray was drafted in the US Army and sent to Heidelberg, Germany where he served at the 5th Army Headquarters.  While in Europe, he was honored to be part of a select choir, performing at churches in several different countries.  The highlight of his tour was a performance in Lourdes, France. He was always very proud to have served in the military.

 

Upon his discharge in 1958, Ray moved with Henrietta to Iowa, where he began a career in sales.  Ultimately, Ray’s career took them from Iowa to Kansas to Missouri to Wisconsin and back to Kansas in 1996.  No matter where they lived, Ray constantly sought ways to serve his community. He was the National Director of the Iowa Jaycees while he lived in Carroll,  and a member of the Knights of Columbus for 69 years.  Everywhere they made their home, Ray became involved with the parish, especially the choir, sharing his love of singing. A devoted father to his two children, Yvonne and Curtis, he instilled a love of music and sports, but his greatest gift to them was his love of the faith. The work ethic he learned as a youth on the farm carried through in every aspect of his life.  Even upon his retirement in 1999, his days were filled going to daily mass, serving in the food kitchen, volunteering at fundraising events, mowing and clearing brush – he never lacked for something to do. He was an active member of the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council #11534 and was a member of the 4th Degree Assembly #3752.

 

In addition to his wife Henrietta, Raymond is survived by daughter Yvonne (Robert) Eubank of Owasso, OK and Curtis (Kathleen) of Prairie Village, KS; four grandchildren: Grant (Kerry) Eubank, Kyle Eubank, Amanda Eubank and Dalton Mersman; two great- grandchildren:  Raegan and Cooper Eubank; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents John and Catherine Mersman, his brother Marvin, and his three sisters Carmelita, Hermena and Theresa.

 

Ray’s family is so grateful that he survived a massive heart attack in 1995 and that they were blessed with many more years together.  He will be remembered for his love of faith, family and friends; his skill on the dance floor; and his unmistakable laugh.  His need to be early for every event was infamous. He will be greatly missed.

 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Cross Catholic Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.



Condolences

David Pickert Sep 06 ,2021

Nephew ,The Woodlands ,Texas

Aunt Henrietta, Yvonne, and Curtis, may God hold you in the palm of His hand and pour out His love and comfort over you. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I rejoice to know that Uncle Ray is absent from the body, but present with the Lord. He was always so much fun and very good to me. I will never forget his distinctive voice and ever present smile. We pray for you every day and Praise God for Uncle Ray's 87 blessed years.

Renee Sep 06 ,2021

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Curt, Kathleen and Dalton, I am very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for all of you.

Rachel Moore Sep 06 ,2021

Curtis, Kathleen and Dalton so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fernholz Sep 06 ,2021

Dear Henrietta and family, We were so saddened to hear about Ray's passing. He was a pillar of Holy Cross. We will miss his smile and humor and of course his beautiful bass voice in the choir. He was a man who was always ready to help anyone in any way he could. He is resting now in the arms of His Savior and singing with the angels. With deepest sympathy, Bob and Elisa Fernholz

Embry and Rhonda Hood Sep 07 ,2021

Good Friends ,Owasso ,Oklahoma

Our deepest sympathies and prayers for your family.

Ken & Tomea Mersmann Sep 07 ,2021

Nephew ,St. Louis ,Missouri

Our prayers are with all of you. Uncle Ray was such a joyful presence wherever he was! His smile, voice, and laughter were infectious and made everyone around him feel like there was no better place to be. May God’s angels carry him swiftly to join them in their heavenly choir - Uncle Ray will undoubtedly bring new energy and passion to their praise!

William varner Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I am very sorry for your loss, I remember ray from the knight of Columbus, he was my special friend, may he Rest In Peace

Liz Hunt Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Henrietta and family. My heart aches for you. Hugs and Prayers to you and all of the family, May God comfort all of you.

Sandi Lerner Sep 08 ,2021

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Henrietta and Family - Condolences on Raymond's passing. May his life and his memory be a blessing for all of your family. Each time he is thought of will bring his life and love into your presence. My heart and prayers are with you.

Gene Schreiner Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Mission ,Kansas

I'm praying for Ray and his family. I remember arriving at 6:30 Daily Mass and being a reasonable person Ray was finishing up leading the Rosary. I always enjoyed having coffee with him and the Holy Cross friends after Mass. God bless you Ray.

Joanie (Kelsey) Gray Sep 08 ,2021

Niece ,Columbia ,Missouri

Uncle Raymond will be missed by all of us. His laughter and positivity always brought sunshine to those around him. I know he is watching over all of us from above with a song in his heart. I wish I could be there with you all at this time but health issues prevent this. Know I am thinking of you all and hope that soon we can all be together again. Love to you all

George J. Miller Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am from Greeley and I knew the family well. Thanks for the beautiful obituary. It gives me an idea what a great msn he was. I knew Martin's son Tony well. Very sorry for your loss. George.J. Miller

Dan Himmelberg Sep 09 ,2021

Friend & Fellow Parishioner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Ray reminded me so much of my own dad, He gave me great comfort when I spent time with him. We teased and joked a lot before and after mass. Especially on Early Friday morning food collection days. He shared his history with me when I mentioned St. Boniface Scipio and Richmond. He was such a kind and gentle man with a bright sense of humor. I am so sorry I didn't even know you had been sick Ray.. I will miss you a great deal. RIP my friend.

Mike/Eric Brummel Sep 09 ,2021

Family friend ,Paola ,Kansas

Ray was always near and dear. He was the trustee for our granddads estate and we worked with him closely. We soon realized what a special soul he was. Always kind and fair. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers! Godspeed.

Don and Cheryl Schendt Sep 09 ,2021

Friends

Prayers for strength. courage, and peace for you and your family.May he rest in the peace of Christ.

Brian and Sarah Lendt Sep 10 ,2021

Neighbor ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Henrietta and family, We are so sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you. Ray was a kind and wonderful neighbor and his presence will be missed.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Address:
8311 West 93rd Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Sep 09 ,2021
Time:
5:00 PM
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Visitation
Location:
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Address:
8311 West 93rd Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Sep 09 ,2021
Time:
5:15 PM
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Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Address:
8311 West 93rd Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Sep 10 ,2021
Time:
10:00 AM
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