Raymond D. “Ray” Geist, 88, died Dec. 15, 2021, due to respiratory complications of rheumatoid arthritis. He lived in St. Anthony Park for many years.
Ray was born July 4, 1933, in Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother, Gene, survives. He married Audrey Gay Miller June 14, 1958; she survives.
Their 63-year marriage was blessed with four children, Joel (Rhonda) Geist, Julie (Mark) Drew, Elizabeth (Richard) Wehrs, and Timothy (Katie) Geist; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A lifelong learner, Ray entered Concordia Preparatory School in Bronxville, N.Y., subsequently earning bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to earn two master of arts degrees and his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota. In later years he enjoyed graduate level courses at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul.
Ray was ordained as pastor in the Lutheran Church in 1958, serving congregations in River Falls, Wis.; West Lafayette, Ind.; and, for many years, Peace Lutheran in Lauderdale.
Retiring in July, 1995, Ray continued to enjoy life’s blessings: his dear wife, their expanding family and their many interests, including cooking, reading, birding, Scrabble, hiking/backpacking, writing and sporting a stylish bowtie. Ray was a kind, compassionate and caring man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials preferred to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (ELCA), Roseville. A service will be held in the future.