Gilbert Raymer

Eugene Gilbert “Gip” Raymer, of Statesville, passed away Friday, June 07, 2013 in the North Carolina State Veterans Home, Salisbury, NC. Born March 26, 1918 in Iredell County he was the son of the late John Andrew Raymer and Robbie Tobitha Mills Raymer.

He was a graduate of Troutman High School and served in the US Army during World War II. He served from 1941 until 1945 and was in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and helped with the Philippine Liberation.

On October 17, 1943 he was married to Annie Lorene Lanier Raymer, who died May 15, 2001. He was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church where he had served as a Sunday School teacher and on the Administrative Board. He was retired from the O.W. Slane Glass Co. and was a former Governor of the Statesville Moose Lodge. Mr. Raymer was known throughout the community as a master handy man.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by a son, E. Jay Raymer in 2008 and by a brother, Marvin (Pete) Walker Raymer.

He is survived by two sons, Rev. G. Ray Raymer and wife, Susan Sloan Raymer, of Hildebran, NC and Wayne P. Raymer and wife, Cathy Lytton Raymer, of Statesville. A daughter-in-law, Rita Murdock Raymer, of Statesville, five grandchildren, Dr. Neil Raymer (Danielle), of Winston-Salem, Lisa R. Fortenberry (Michael), of Hildebran, NC, Amanda R. Daniels (John), of Statesville, Matt Raymer (Ashley), of Cornelius and Wendy R. Kastor (Brad), of Statesville. His great-grandchildren are Cole Daniels, Lucas Daniels, Aaron Raymer, Jordan Raymer, Charlotte Raymer, Allison Fortenberry, Haley Fortenberry, Jackson Raymer, Nathan Raymer, Taylor Kastor and Olivia Kastor. One nephew, Joe W. Raymer, and one niece, Toby Raymer Staples, both of Statesville, also survive.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mr. Raymer will be conducted 2:00 PM Monday, June 10, 2013 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Hilton and Rev. Ray Raymer officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Iredell County Burial Detail will follow in the St. Michaels Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be, John Daniels, Brad Kastor, Michael Fortenberry, Neil Raymer, Matt Raymer and Joe Raymer. The family will visit with friends on Monday at the church from 1:00 until 2:00 PM.

His friends and especially the staff of the N.C. State Veterans Home will miss him greatly.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Branscomb # 10, Charlotte, NC 28215 – 3220 or to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.

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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Raymer.

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