Ray H. Myers died on December 26, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. Ray was the first of four children born April 3, 1945 to Harry and Ruth Myers in Dover, PA. After graduating from Dover High in 1963 he joined the United States Air Force in 1965, and in 1967 served at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Stationed at McClellan Air Force Base, California he met the love of his life, Lynne Bernhard, in the fall of ’68 and they were married in Reno in June 1969. Later, the two settled in Fair Oaks, California where they raised their three children Lori, Julie and Jay.
Prior to entering the Air Force, Ray was introduced to the printing business and after his time in the service, Ray went to work as the printer for Thomson-Diggs Wholesale Hardware in 1970. In 1993, he started work at the Department of Health Services for the State of California, retiring in 2009 to spend more time with his wife and family.
Ray was an avid sports fan. He was actually one of 4,124 who attended Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in Hershey, PA. Over the years, Ray coached Northridge Little League Baseball, Fair Oaks Girls’ Softball, Fair Oaks Boys’ Soccer and most recently was a referee for Upward Basketball at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.
Ray’s love for softball started when he played for a traveling team during his time in the Air Force, and later played on the Northridge Pops Men’s Softball Team on Friday nights and finally on the Golden Seniors Softball League.
He also can lay claim to five career holes-in-one and was the President of the Foothill Men’s Golf Club where he made many cherished friendships.
Starting in 2001, in a nine-year span, he was blessed with ten grandchildren – seven boys and three girls. He was affectionately known as “Tut” to his grandchildren. He was very engaged with his grandkids and went to many sporting and music events to show his support. Family and friends certainly were a top priority. He took several trips back to Pennsylvania to visit family, treasured the annual family cabin trip to Tahoe and loved many family get-togethers throughout the year.
He was good-natured, had a contagious laugh and could chat up anyone on a park bench. Ray was very intentional in maintaining contact by regularly calling his family members and friends living in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Although they were physically far away, the relationships remained close. Ray also had a sensitive side and a heart for the hurting and those in need.
Early in their marriage, Ray and Lynne began attending Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church where they became active members. They were involved in Family Clusters, Parish Groups, the Highliners’ Marinership (active to this day), and the Green Team (to welcome newcomers). Ray also served as a deacon and organized the blood drive. It was during this time at FOPC that he made the most important decision of his life, accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Ray's faith was evident in his actions and he lived out his faith loving others through the generosity of his time, talents and treasures. He was generous with what he had been given, made fast friendships, loved those he met through various activities and spent many hours with many friends and family at their bedsides in their final days. Ray wanted to share that good news available to those he met throughout his life and he did that best through his actions. He genuinely loved his family and friends deeply. The idea of his own death did not scare him as he had assurance of his future with Christ.
He is survived by his wife Lynne, daughter Lori Meadors (spouse Paul) and their daughters Georgie, Alexandra and Ruthie; daughter Julie Welty (spouse Marc) and their sons, Kyle, Timothy and Matthew; son Jay Myers (spouse Kelly) and their sons Emerson, Crosby, Cooper and Sullivan. Ray is also survived by brother Carl Myers (spouse Linda); sister Lois Fisher (spouse Barry); brother Steve Myers (spouse Sue); in-laws Vici Bernhard; John and Debbie Bernhard and David and Valerie Bernhard along with many nieces and nephews.
Ray would often say to Lynne… “I’ve had a great life and God has really blessed us.”
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
There will be a private graveside service. Please check back here on this website for more details to come about the Celebration of Life Service that we are hoping to have in the near future.
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