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Raymond Keith Neerings

11/09/1934 - 06/06/2022
Service Date: 06/17/2022
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1415 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, Az 85204
Visitation Date: 06/17/2022
Visitation Time: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1415 E. Southern Ave, Mesa, Az 85204
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Raymond Keith Neerings, 87, passed away peacefully with family by his side on the sixth of June 2022 at his home in Mesa, Arizona.

Raymond was born November 9, 1934 in San Francisco, CA to Henry and Sarah Neerings. After graduating high school in Vallejo, Ca, he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission. He then graduated from San Francisco State University and completed Officer Candidate School in 1959. He promptly received a commission in the U.S. Navy achieving the rank of Lieutenant J.G. After his release from active duty, he continued with the Submarine Naval Reserve and started his art teaching career in Oceanside, CA. It was there while on a blind date abalone hunting, Raymond met the love of his life, Ann Riggs. They were married and sealed for time and eternity in the Oakland California Temple on June 21, 1966. While living in Carlsbad and later Oceanside, CA, they brought six amazing children into their family. In 1981 he moved his family to Mesa, AZ for the opportunity to start his family business, Sun Signs, which the family endearingly referred to as the sign shop. Later in life he returned to teaching in the arts before retiring.

Ray and Ann served two full-time missions as a senior couple. The first was in Palmyra, NY in the facilities management office. The second was at the audio-visual department in Provo, Utah, where he had the privilege of helping build sets for various photo shoots, commercials, and videos for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His legacy is that of a loving husband, caring father and adoring Opa who instilled in his children and grandchildren the value of hard work and a love for God and country. He was truly a humble disciple of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the life he lived. Raymond is survived by his six children Scott (Tauna), Rae Lynne, Mark (Julie), Brian (Lori), Paul (Lisa), Sarah (Terry); eleven grandchildren Camille (Kendall), Casey, Tyler, Dallin (Amelia), Conner (Baylee), Mason, Audrey, Owen, Alison, Brooklyn and Aimee; and his sister Elizabeth Neerings.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1415 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204 (east of Southern and Stapley). At 10:00 am there will be a viewing in the Relief Society Room. The burial will be at the Mesa Cemetery following the service, where he will receive military honors.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.

Condolences

  • And I was born of goodly parents. This must be the thoughts from the hearts of the children of Anne & Raymond Neerings. What a blessing it has been for me to marry into this family and learn how a loving, functional family operates. Opa, was always chuckling and somewhat easy to talk with. As an outsider, I could see how the loving guidance from him (& Anne) taught respect and love to their children for community, country and GOD. They all have a bright testimony of Jesus Christ and they each know there will be “No Empty Chairs” around their table. Families are Forever!

  • Tauna Neerings

    I have been truly blessed to have been Ray’s daughter in law. He was always so kind and loving, generous and sweet. I’ll never forget his kindness to me.

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