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Raymond Banner

Raymond Vaughn Banner, son of Vilas C. and Mary A. (Clark) Banner, was born December 16, 1937, at rural Tingley, Iowa in the home of his grandparents, Dellno and Lola Banner.

          He grew up on several farms in Ringgold County and attended various country and town grade schools. In 1956 he graduated from Benton High School. Raymond graduated with a certificate from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Nebraska, 1959; received a B.A. degree from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1961; earned a Th. M. (Master of Theology) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1965.

          From August 1965 to 1969 he was engaged in preaching and religious work. In April 1970 he moved to Des Moines where he was employed as a clerk at the Des Moines, Iowa Post Office from April 27, 1970 to August 31, 1992 when early retirement was taken. He had worked part time at the Dallas Post Office when in seminary.

          He purchased a home at 603 N. Hayes in Mount Ayr, Iowa and moved there December 2, 1992, across from his mother, Mary Banner. Raymond assisted his mother during the last ten years of her life, until her death on December 4, 2002.

          In 1972 Raymond became involved with the Right to Life movement and was an active volunteer for twenty years. After moving to Mount Ayr he served as president of the Ringgold County Historical Society for nine years. While living in Mount Ayr he attended the Regular Baptist Church and occasionally the Free Methodist Church.

          In May 2011 Raymond moved from his Mount Ayr residence to a home at 410 South Vine Street in Creston, Iowa.

          Raymond compiled, wrote, edited, and published a number of books on genealogy and local history.

          He was conservative in his Christian faith, politics, and lifestyle. Reading, research, and writing were favorite pastimes. Raymond was a lifelong bachelor.

In April 2021, Raymond became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr where he lived the remainder of his life. Raymond passed away on June 20, 2022. He was preceded in death by his brother Eugene at age sixteen in 1963 and by his parents.

He is survived by cousins, distant relatives, and friends. 


Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Regular Baptist Church and Ringgold County Historical Society.


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I met Ray while we were both students at Bob Jones University in the early 1960's. Our friendship continued at Dallas Theological Seminary and beyond graduation. Ray participated in my wedding to my wife, Betty, taking a bus to Garden City, KS, to be my best man in September, 1964. Over the years, we have kept in touch by mail, long phone conversations, and visits back and forth when we visited him in Iowa and he visited us in Tennessee. I will miss my good friend and the times we enjoyed together, but am encouraged to know that our friendship will continue and grow stronger in heaven because of our bond in the Lord Jesus.

David D. Phillips Jun 23 2022 12:14 PM

WE met Raymond through out right to life group in Creston and saw his heart for the unborn. We will miss him smile! He was a great supporter of Crest ARea for Life

Rich and Terry Madison Jun 22 2022 1:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Banner

Louise Frost Jun 21 2022 4:35 PM

Ray was a faithful and sincere friend of 62 years. Many of those years we were continents apart but he kept contact. He was a real encourager. He lived his life honoring and glorifying his Lord that he loved. His dedication and generosity was an example to all who knew him

Norman Busenitz Jun 21 2022 2:27 PM

Ray and I were together in Bible college training. Though we have not always had close contact all these years but more so these last 15 years or so. I have always admired his close relationship and love for the Lord and have often wished for more of that in my life. He was a great example in that. Surely he is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord he loved.

Jerroll Martens Jun 20 2022 9:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Banner

Dale & Marlene Tull Jun 20 2022 7:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Banner

Ernie & Judy Mercer Jun 20 2022 7:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Banner

John McGilvrey Jun 20 2022 5:25 PM