Ray Reimer, 94, entered heaven on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Holmes Lake Rehabilitation Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was born on November 1, 1926, in Newton, Kansas to John and Minna (Harder) Reimer. He grew up on a farm near Whitewater Kansas with three brothers and one sister. They had a strong Christian home with biblical standards. Ray came to know Jesus as his personal Savior as a boy and was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Christ at age 16. In 1947, Ray went to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Grace Bible Institute, graduating from the Mission Program in 1951. It was there that he met Gertrude (Trudy) Brown who would become his wife. They were married on July 22, 1951.
Following graduation Ray became the Omaha director for Child Evangelism Fellowship. He continued attending classes at Grace, earning a BA in Christian Education in 1957.
In the fall of 1957, Ray and Trudy accepted the call from a rural church near Arnold, Nebraska where they served until the spring of 1961. During the next 30 years, Ray and Trudy served in churches at Bondurant, Iowa (1961-72), Firth, Nebraska (1972-81), and Dunlap, Iowa (1981-91). In 1991, Ray & Trudy moved to Lincoln to “retire”, but the Lord had other plans. Ray and Trudy served as Pastor of Holmes Park Bible Church (which later merged with Prairie Bible to form Heartland Bible Church) in Lincoln until 2001. He worked part time at a near-by garden center. Ray also joined the Lincoln Fire and Police Department’s Chaplaincy Program. He enjoyed this ministry opportunity, serving as a chaplain, director, and trainer for more than 25 years. They presented him with several honors and awards.
Ray and Trudy had occasion to serve overseas. They traveled to Ecuador for 2 weeks to check out some longer-term opportunities. In 1995, for two weeks, they were part of a 25-member group led by Gospel Missionary Union to distribute Bibles in Russia. They returned to Quito, Ecuador in 1999 to serve from June to September. Ray filled the pulpit for a missionary pastor home on furlough while Trudy worked in the HCJB office.
Pastor Ray took pleasure in a variety of things. He liked being around people and was known as a visiting pastor. He was passionate about teaching God’s Word to children, teens, and adults. He taught adult Sunday School and several men’s Bible studies well into his 80s. Ray also enjoyed gardening to provide nutritious food for the family and a way for him to relax. Ray and Trudy loved their four children, all of whom have professed faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Ray's goal in ministry was "to keep serving the Lord wherever He leads and gives opportunity." His favorite verse was Galatians 6:9, "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Trudy; children: Marcy (Arlyn) Nies, ND, Jeannie (David) Seeley, NE, Lonnie (Denise) Reimer, TX, and son-in-law Mark Schulz, NE; seven grandchildren: Heidi Nies (Brian) Gordon, Jeremy (Rachel) Nies, Anna Seeley (Sdam Say), Nick Reimer, Jake Reimer, Jesse (Bailey) Schulz , and Brendon Schulz; five great-grandchildren: JJ Nies, Ben Nies, Autumn Nies, Charli Gordon, and Mia Reimer; two brothers: Harold Reimer and Roland Reimer; a sister: Louise (Harvey) Heichman; and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents John and Minna (Harder) Reimer, stepmother Elsa ( Dyck), brother: John Reimer, and daughter Jodi (Mark) Schulz.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm on Sunday, August 8, at Heartland Bible Church, 2611 S 56th St, Lincoln, NE. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 9, at 11 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Child Evangelism Fellowship.
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