Raymond Heer
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Raymond P. Heer January 6, 2021 Raymond Paul Heer, 96, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 surrounded by family and neighbors at his winter home in sunny Lakeland, Florida. Raymond's permanent residence and farm are located on Pleasant Valley Road, Marcellus, NY. Raymond was predeceased by (Mary) Christine, his wife of 62 years, in 2008. He was also predeceased by his grandsons Jake Walters and Greg Cox, and great-grandson Anthony Cox. Raymond is survived by a son Raymond (Toni) Heer; five daughters Louise (Charles) Cox, Margaret (Arnie) Abrams, Doreen Heer (Tom Haskins), Susan (Dennis) Abbott and Arlene Heer, as well as 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Raymond was truly a self-made man. At the age of fifteen, when his father Jacob died, he left school to run the family dairy farm as a way to continue supporting his mother Theresa and siblings. When he married Christine in 1947, he sold the cows, purchased an old large farmhouse with land on Pleasant Valley Road, which became home and became the start of his crop farm. During the winter months to support his large family, he would work the night shift for the Town of Onondaga Highway Department, retiring in 1987 with thirty years worked. Raymond continued to work on his crop farm almost every day with his son Raymond and grandson Josh, right up until he left for his Florida home in November this past year. He was devoted to farming all of his life. He had a natural love of the land. But, above all else, he loved his family. He was a hardworking man and was respected by all who know him because of the way he lived. Raymond was humble, gentle, fair, honest, loving and generous. He had a big smile that would light up the room. His light will shine for eternity. He will be missed. A private burial with immediate family will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Marcellus, where he will be laid to rest with his wife (Mary) Christine. Donations to a charity of choice will be graciously accepted. Ryan Funeral Home Marcellus, NY Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Mr. Heer was such a wonderful man. He was very humble and very kind, always. He will be so very missed. Deep condolences to the family
January 11, 2021
Ray, Tony,Josh and family,

So sorry to hear of Ray passing. What a role model for all. Worked everyday like he was in his 20's. Everyone respected him. Ray you are so much like him. It will be a huge loss but, he will remain in your hearts forever.
Sue,Gary and Bob Bova
January 10, 2021
My condolences to the entire family. What a fantastic man , He was a one of kind . God bless you all.
Kevin Fellows
January 10, 2021
I’m sorry for your loss
Ed Wright
January 10, 2021
I was fortunate at one time to be a neighbor to the Ray and Chris Heer family. They always treated neighbors as they did their own family. "Well done good and faithful servant".
Joan and Roger Field
January 9, 2021
Ray will never be forgotten by the Hank Luchsinger family.
We wish you all peace.
May the old farmers look down upon us as we do our good work.
Much love, Hank and Patty Luchsinger
Patty Davis-Luchsinger
January 9, 2021
Am sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man.
Kevin Petrie
January 9, 2021
I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Mr. Heer’s passing. I was fortunate enough to have met him through Arlene. He was so kind and so humble. His farmhouse and land was always beautifully landscaped and treasured by him so. I send a heart full of condolences and love to the entire family. He’s flying high in peace but surely looking over all of you.
Chris Chierchio
January 8, 2021
Uncle Ray was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. His work ethic, devotion to family, kindness, compassion and sweetness were like no other.

When I met my husband of 35 years who is a farmer, one of the things that drew me to him was that he was so much like Uncle Ray.

His beautiful smile and who he was as a person will forever be etched in my heart. I am so incredibly grateful to have had him as an Uncle. I have no doubt Aunt Chris and the rest of the family was waiting for him with open arms.
Margaret Macholl Ireland
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