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Reverend Raymond H. Flachmeier Reverend Raymond H. Flach- meier was born November 19, 1933 in Austin, Texas to Raymond H. Flachmeier Sr. and Vallie Hughes Flachmeier. He died January 12, 2013 at peace at home after a long bout of prostate cancer. Ray graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1951. He attained Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts of America. Ray played cornet in the bands of his high school and colleges. He attended Texas Lutheran College in Sequin and earned a BA degree from the University of Texas-Austin. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He also received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After his ordination in 1958, Ray began his 40 years of congregational service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orange, TX. In 1964 he accepted a call to start a new congregation in Garland, TX, and served Ascension Lutheran Church for 34 years. After retiring from Ascension in 1998, Ray served as Executive Director of Greater Dallas Community of Churches. He also served as interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ft. Worth. He served as associate pastor and later as interim pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano. During his ministry he served as President of Southern District Council of the American Lutheran Church. He also served as board Chair of the Division for World Mission, travelling often to Latin America and countries in Southern Africa. Other travels included Germany, Belgium, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt as well as many excursions across the United States. Ray was a panelist on the nationally syndicated TV program American Religious Town Hall. During his years he was deeply involved in community organizations. He was president of the board of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, and was also on the board for Planned Parenthood of North Texas, and various other groups focusing on justice & human rights. Ray is survived by his loving wife Joyce of 26 years; his sister Marilyn Warner and her husband Ralph, of Kingwood; his daughters Lin and husband Marty Cerles of Burlingame, CA; Lee and husband Ken Davis of Dallas; Laurie and husband John Corbelli of College Station; and Leslie and husband Mark Love of Austin; his stepchildren Ben Rhodes of Dallas; Tony and wife Cheryl Rhodes of Woodbridge, VA.; Kristina and husband David Bishop of Austin; and Eric Johnson and wife Audrey of Normal, Ill. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; Marty Cerles, Jr., Erica Cerles, Jennifer Davis, Rachel Corbelli, Russell Corbelli, Taylor Love, Morgan Love, Tanner Rhodes, Cody Rhodes, Lila Bishop, Isaac Bishop, Ryan, Katrina, and Trey Johnson. Ray had many friends and connections throughout the United States and elsewhere. Always with fondness he remembered his 2 meet-up groups, The Boys of Spring (seminary buddies who meet every year in Vero Beach, FL) and the Texas Pastors who meet every year in Port O'Connor, TX for peer-to-peer "therapy". There will be two Memorial Services to honor Ray. The first service will be held at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, Austin, TX, Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 am, reception to follow. The second service will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1919 Independence Parkway, Plano, TX, January 21 at 11:00 am, reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Water to Thrive (contact through Abiding Love Lutheran, Austin, TX), to Abiding Love Lutheran Church, Austin, TX; Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano; Hospice of Austin; Bread for the World (contact thru the ELCA Lutheran church)

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 15, 2013
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