Raymond R. Elsaesser, 84, passed away peacefully Friday evening, November 15, 2019 at his home in Meherrin, VA. He was born in Meherrin on April 30, 1935 to Ruben Herbert and Grace Virginia Elsaesser. He retired in 1995 from MATES at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, VA after serving in the Army and National Guard for 29 years. The hardest worker at even the smallest things, he could plow a field for tobacco or vegetables, nurse newborn squirrels, pigs, rabbits, or an abandoned fawn and still have enough energy to lend a helping hand to a neighbor or friend in need. A man of simple pleasures, he enjoyed a good laugh almost as much as giving one. A card shark with a soft heart for all animals, particularly dogs, he loved Bluegrass music and dancing, especially flatfootin’. Raymond is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce; his children Karen Newman (Micky Newman), Phyllis Kelehar (Brian Kelehar), Keith Elsaesser, and Kathy Rhodes (Dusty Rhodes) and daughter-in-law Lisa Elsaesser; his sister Lois Bailey; his grandchildren Bobby Newman (Amanda), Allison Dunn (Anthony), Dustin Elsaesser, Amanda Elsaesser, Brittany Smith, Josh Smith, Sam Rhodes, and Max Rhodes. “The family is especially thankful to his devoted caregivers Angela Zellers, Juleen West, Connie Horton, and Joyce Reid. “

The family will be receiving friends any time after 2 PM on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at his home in Meherrin. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville with Pastor Kyla Sylver, officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Meherrin United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Meherrin Volunteer Fire Department and SPCA. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.



Condolence Messages

  1. Reva and Ron Cunningham

    18 November 2019 4 years ago

    Love to all of you in the Elsaesser family. I remember how much Raymond did to help when my parents passed and all of us were so grateful..
    Joyce let us know how we can help you.

  2. Smriti Popenoe

    18 November 2019 4 years ago

    Dear Kathy, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. In reading his obituary, he seems like such a wonderful person. I’m sure he will be missed. All the best to you and your family at this time.

  3. Jennifer Smith-Palmer

    22 November 2019 4 years ago

    Mrs. Elsaesser, Kathy & Family;
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you all.

    Jennifer Smith-Palmer

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