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Raymond Dean Strong

08/05/1924 - 02/24/2019
Service Date: 03/02/2019
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 234 N. Greenfield, Gilbert, Arizona
Visitation Date: 03/02/2019
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 234 N. Greenfield, Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

 Raymond D. Strong, 94, passed away February 24, 2019 in Gilbert, Arizona.  A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2017, at 11:00 AM in the LDS Higley Grove Ward building, 234 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, Arizona.

  Born on August 5, 1924 in Ashton, Idaho, to Hannah and Alfred Strong, he and his wife, Ruth Gunnell Strong, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

  Mr. Strong was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot serving in Japan and Korea and flight commander.

  He graduated from Arizona State University with master’s degree in Education and taught school in Mesa, Arizona for 20 years.

  An active member of the LDS Church, he served as a Bishop, Mesa Temple worker, and full time church mission with his wife in Tennessee.

  Mr. Strong is survived by his wife and children Mrs. Pat Wilder, Michael Strong, Greg Strong, and Mrs. Karen Udall; 19 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

  Viewing prior to the services at 9:00 AM and services at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 234 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, Arizona 85234





  • Erin Sloan Hatch

    What a great man and a great life he had!He was my Bishop during some of the years my dad had not been a church member. These men have been valuable in my life. Love to all the Strong survivors, Erin

  • Bart and Leslie Strong

    Uncle Ray was an inspiration and mentor for me. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will miss him very much. Love to all, Bart

  • I was Ray and Ruth’s neighbor for 18+ years. Loved them both dearly, and was sad when they moved from their home in Dana Ranch. Ray was always such a joy to talk with and a true gentleman. I loved helping him and Ruth out, and taking them goodies from time-to-time. Rest in Peace Ray…and stay strong Ruth. Love and miss you both. With our deepest sympathies, Bruce & Bernice Mason

  • Ray was very respected and loved by our family. Condolences to all of you.

  • Stephen Phelps

    I’ve known Ray and Ruth since I was a young boy in the Mesa 10th Ward back in the 50’s. They don’t come any better than Ray and Ruth Strong. My love to Ruth and her family… if my mother, Zoe was living, she would give you a hug, Ruth… so this love comes from both of us!

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