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Well-known Howard County farmer Raymond Lee Johnmeyer died at his home on Monday, May 5, 2014. He was 73 years of age.

Mr. Johnmeyer was born in Fayette on March 17, 1941, the son of Raymond R. and Bertha Reed Johnmeyer. He grew up on the family farm and attended Fayette Public Schools, graduating with the Fayette High School Class of 1958. After a time in college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for nine years, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant. He married Julie Stockert May 19, 1962, in Solen, N.D. and returned to Howard County in 1971 following his discharge from the Air Force at Plattsburg Air Force Base, N.Y.

Mr. Johnmeyer was active in agriculture on his farm in the Hilldale neighborhood and elsewhere about the area until his death. He also saw community service on various committees and boards in the area. He enjoyed time spent with his family and golf outings with friends.

Mr. Johnmeyer is survived by two sons: Raymond Michael Johnmeyer of O’Fallon, Mo., and Patrick Lee Johnmeyer of St. Louis and two daughters; Laura Kaye English of Hatton, Mo., and Renee Bertha Johnmeyer of Fayette. Also surviving are his brother, Kenneth “Butch” Johnmeyer and his sister, Shelia LaTurno. Other survivors include grandchildren Tara, Heather, Kaylee, Drew, and Zoe and a great-grandchild, Savannah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie, and by his parents and one sister, Shirley Blakemore.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at the Fayette City Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 with Rev. John Gillman officiating. The family received friends at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday evening, May 9.

Memorials are suggested to the Fayette City Cemetery or to the Wounded Warrior Program care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service; 174 Highway 5 & 240 North, Fayette, Mo. 65248.

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