Mr. Raymond Paul Weaver, 76, USN, GMCS Retired, was born on June 6, 1944 and went to be with his Lord on June 25, 2020 after a yearlong battle with Stage IV prostate and bone cancer.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Frances Orlo Weaver and Mrs. Ina Weaver Rutherford; his brother, Larry Weaver; his nephew, Randall Speck.
Mr. Weaver is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Diana Speck Weaver; his daughter, Wendy Teague (Rob); his son, Brian Weaver (Stephanie); his brother, Marty Weaver (JoEllyn); and his grandsons, Sean and Nicholas Teague. Also left to cherish his memory is a host of extended family members and friends.
Mr. Weaver retired from the US Navy after 23 years and served during the Viet Nam War as well as peace time in a variety of duty stations here and abroad. He is a Life member and past Commander of the American Legion Post 119, Gulfport; past Commander of the American Legion Post 460, San Diego; the Masonic Lodge 422; Scottish Rite; York Rite, all of Gulfport; Joppa Shrine and the Joppa Shrine Clown Unit, Biloxi; VFW Post 6731, D’Iberville; Life Member of DAV Chapter 5, Gulfport; 40&8 Chef De Gare 251/1411, Gulfport; the Smokey Mountain Hillbilly Clan Chapter 24, Sevierville, TN and numerous other organizations. Ray believed in serving others and did so with compassion and a true desire to help others, especially children. He drove the Shriner van carrying children with sicknesses and disabilities to the Shriner Hospital in Shreveport, LA for treatments always wanting to help in any way to give them a better quality of life. He also loved being “Smiley”, the Shriner clown and was happiest entertaining children with his jokes and balloon animals. Ray loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will definitely be missed by all who knew him.
There will be a private family service at the Biloxi National Cemetery at 10 am on July 3, 2020. The service will be live streamed on www.riemannfamily.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Joppa Shrine Center Transportation Fund, 13280 Shriners Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39532 and the Randall Speck Pediatric Special Needs Fund at Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 940, Gulfport, MS 39502. Online donations can be made via www.memorialhospitalfoundation.com.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Gulfport is serving the family.
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