Raymond Eugene Beisner, 78, of Havelock, North Carolina, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022, at his home surrounded by family.
Ray was born in Jackson County, Illinois, April 19, 1943, to the late William August and Ola Mabel Beisner. After high school, in 1960, he joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Virginia, at Oceana Naval Base and later at Norfolk Naval Base. While stationed at Norfolk Naval Base, Ray invented a part for a jet engine that is still used today. He then retired, after 20 years of service, as a Senior Chief Aviation Machinists Mate.
After retirement, Ray moved to Keysville, Virginia where he tried to keep busy. He joined the local Masonic lodge, became co-owner of a convenience store and a used car dealership. He also was employed as a correctional officer and as a truck driver for a short time. He then returned to employment with the civil service, for another 13 years, as an Aircraft Mechanic at Norfolk NADEP and later Cherry Point MCAS.
In 2000, after 33 years of loyal and devoted service to the U. S. government and Naval Aviation, Ray decided to retire for good. He filled his free time keeping a beautifully landscaped yard and garden, tinkering on his lawn equipment and teaching his grandchildren vehicle maintenance, helping and socializing with his neighbors, fishing, and enjoying his family. Ray also enjoyed watching westerns, and of course, like all Naval Personnel, he loved his coffee.
Raymond is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Grace Beisner. Those also remaining to cherish his memory are his daughters, Sherra Taylor, Deborah Beisner (Jorge) and Rhonda Crafton (Frank) of Fredricksburg, VA; grandchildren, Monica (Jeff) Wuenschel, Sonya (Carl) Widdowson, Daniel (Neuyen) Beisner, Esteban “Steven” Beisner, and Andrew Crafton; and great grandchildren, Josephine “Joey” and Remy Widdowson, Dillon and Mirelle “Ellie” Beisner, Isaac, Joshua and Evelyn “Evie Jo” Wuenschel, and Juniper Beisner.
He is also survived by his siblings, Alma White, Billie Ruth (Gordon) Gale, Donna (Ronald) Stone, Connie Morber, Lester Beisner, and Nelson “Dale” Beisner; and sisters-in-law, Helen Beisner and Penny Beisner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Doris Lunsford and husband Harold, Bobbie Beisner and wife Barbara, James “Jim” Beisner, and Gary Beisner; and brothers-in-law, Carl White and William Morber.
His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 25th, at Munden Funeral Home in Havelock. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed through his obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. The service will remain on the Funeral Home website for 90 days.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Cremations in Havelock, NC.
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