Raymond E Bemis, 81, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 10:40 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
Raymond was born on Feb. 8, 1939, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Norman Dale and Hilda Valentine Heinecke Bemis. He was married to Mary L. Wilson on Sept. 8, 1963, at the Prairie View Baptist Church in Hunnewell, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include his five children, Tina Seago (Larry), Palmyra; Ronald Bemis (Jenny), Palmyra; Donald Bemis (Teresa), Phoenix, Ariz.; Michael Bemis (Rachel), Philadelphia, Mo.; and Tami Bemis (Todd), Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; two brothers, Richard Bemis (Virginia), Warsaw, Ill.; and Subbe Bemis, Spokane, Mo.; one sister, Betty Harris, Monroe City, Mo.; 14 grandchildren, Lauren (Kyle), Emily (Josh), Leslie, Yazmin, Gustavo, David, Katie, Brandon, Colby, Destiny, Ashten, Kendra, Lance and Maylie; and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Hudson.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Daniel J. Bemis.
Raymond served in the United States Army based in Germany during the Cold War. He served with Elvis Presley!
He worked in construction as a welder, mechanic and handyman. He also worked in metal recycling.
Raymond enjoyed tinkering with machines in his garage to try to fix them. Classic television shows, such as M.A.S.H., Hogan’s Heroes, Tom and Jerry and Duck Dynasty, were the shows that he preferred to watch when he could. He liked going to the riverboat and playing the lottery. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Raymond was a generous man who loved being a jokester. Everyone knew him as a “hell of a good guy” who didn’t know a stranger. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was Christian by faith.
A private family graveside service with full military rites, performed by American Legion Post #174 Boots-Dickson, will be on Friday, May 22, at the Prairie View Baptist Church Cemetery in Hunnewell. Reverend Dewayne Larenson will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday May 22, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.
Memorials may be made to NEMO Humane Society or The Palmyra Nutrition Center.
Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.