Oct. 26, 2019 — Raymond R. Geer, 89, passed away Oct. 2, 2019, in Florence.
Ray was born Feb. 5, 1930, to William (Bill) and Adella Geer. Raised in Florence, Ray loved and played all sports, becoming one of Siuslaw High School’s star athletes.
That is where he met the love of his life, Twyla Francisco, whom he married in 1951 — the same year he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
After the war ended, he attended Berkeley University and received a degree in Business Finance then moved his family back to Oregon, where he began to work as a salesman for U.S. Plywood.
He loved the sales industry because it allowed him to work face to face with a variety of people, be his own boss, challenge himself and compete with others… all of his favorite things!
During this time he raised four children along with his wife Twyla, but they decided to make a life change in hopes of having better opportunities.
So, in 1973, they moved their family to Arizona. He was hired at Anozira Garage Door Systems and instantly became its leading salesman. Although he was offered the top management position, he declined so that he could continue doing what he loved: working directly with the public helping to grow the company and still control his earning potential.
Later in life, Ray and his wife decided to start an elderly care home which they called The Care Affair. It gained the reputation of having the best food and warmest caregivers in the business, successfully operating until 1997, when Ray and Twyla decided to retire back to their hometown — specifically, back to his wife’s family homestead on Upper North Fork Road in Florence.
They walked the property in search of the perfect spot to put their new house and then turned it into a home. Ray built a huge front porch for his wife to host porch parties, a large two-car garage and a big back porch.
Together they created beautiful flower beds, a vegetable garden and took care of their new outdoor pets: the deer and birds.
Ray was an honest, hard working man with a kind heart. He loved sports, especially football! He also enjoyed playing chess, cribbage and pinochle. He was known for his hearty laugh, for his sense of humor (as well as for being a jokester), his love of food and for being a great storyteller.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Twyla; brother Warren Geer; and son, Scott Geer.
Ray is survived by his son, Kim Geer; daughters Rochelle Baliz, Shannon Nivilinszky (and her husband Barry Nivilinszky); as well as four grandchildren: Shane O’Brien, Nichole Aramapakul, Brandon Nivilinszky and Jordan Nivilinszky; plus four great-grandchildren: Bryce O’Brien, Ayla Anthony, Cora Nivilinszky and Kyden Nivilinszky.
His love for his family, friends and country was what made him the happiest. No words can express how much we will miss our Dad, Papa Bear, Grandpa and dear friend.