In Loving Memory of
Raymond Barney Messer
Raymond Barney Messer
English philosopher Francis Bacon declared, "Wise men make more opportunities than they find." Raymond Messer was one such man until his death on Sunday, March 6, 2016. He was 86 years old.
He met Sarah Lois Messer at a Bell County country church, and they married on October 25, 1952, in Temple; their union lasted 63 years until Sarahâ€™s death on October 29, 2015.
Born in Temple, TX (to William Raymond Messer and Leona Sissom Messer) on January 25, 1930, Raymond grew up in the Temple/Belton area. His love of the outdoors kept him hunting and fishing in his spare time, but he also learned to work hard at an early age, helping out at a local grocery store.
Raymond graduated from Temple High School and in time joined the Texas National Guard, achieving the rank of sergeant. Raymond worked for the Lone Star Gas Company in Killeen and later accepted a transfer to Bryan. After leaving Lone Star Gas, he took an opportunity to open a popular Monterey House restaurant. Raymond later accepted a position at Texas A&M University, where he retired as a Surplus Officer in 1995. After retiring, he and Sarah enjoyed traveling to see sites around the country.
Raymond loved interacting with other people, especially when he was able to be of assistance to them. He always had a joke and was a storytellerâ€"often spinning a tale beginning with the words, "I will never forgetâ€¦" He served as a deacon for First United Methodist Church in Bryan, as a member of the Kiwanis Club and the TAMU Faculty Club. Throughout his life, he loved to fish during the spring and summer then hunt dove and quail in the fall. He also "picked" for castoff treasures in places passed over by others, a trait that also helped him in his professional life. Some of Raymondâ€™s most treasured days were that of their son Ivanâ€™s graduation from Texas A&M and his wedding day celebration.
Raymond Messer is survived by his son, Ivan, and daughter-in-law, Angela King. His Life Celebration will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, March 21st at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th Street, Bryan, Texas. The celebration will be officiated by Pastor Mark Julian.
Please visit www.hillierfuneralhome.com to celebrate Raymondâ€™s life and add to his legacy. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made either to the Quail Coalition or the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas.
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