Raymond D. Sluyter

Raymond D. Sluyter

October 3, 1945- January 26, 2021

Raymond Dale Sluyter was born October 3rd, 1945 to Charles and Martha Sluyter, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. He graduated from Louisville High School where he played football and made mischief. Ray worked on cars, became a barber, and eventually took a job teaching and coaching football at Boystown.

On New Year’s Eve, he met Linda Lydon on a blind date, and they were married on November 4th, 1977 at Boystown Chapel in Omaha.

Ray began a lifelong career of selling insurance, although he continued family haircuts through the years. They welcomed Valerie and Michael and became involved in their activities and the school community.

Ray loved to travel, hunt, fish, and was a grill master. He was a loyal Husker fan, a gracious host, a lover of holidays, music and having his grandchildren at the pool. He was a wonderful storyteller and touched many lives with his kind, gentle spirit and compassion towards others.

Ray passed away on January 26, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.  There are no words to describe how much he was loved and how considerably he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, his parents, Charles and Martha Sluyter and his siblings, Kenny, Phyllis, Shirley and Janet and his father-in-law Vince Lydon. He is survived by daughter, Valerie Parrack (Tommy); son, Michael Sluyter (Becky); grandkids: Taylor, Frankie, Kearney, Cooper, Payton, Jacob and Hadley; mother-in-law Frances Lydon; brother-in-law John Lydon (Helen); nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends.

VISITATION: Sunday, January 31, 2021, 2:00-4:00PM, West Center Chapel. SERVICE: Monday, February 1, 2021, 10:00AM, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands or to the family.

To view a live broadcast of the service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE at a later date.


  • Doug Meyer Posted January 28, 2021 4:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss. God Bless. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Larry G Meisinger Posted January 28, 2021 5:40 pm

    So sorry we had so many memories growing up in Louisville and Manley. God bless your children and grandchilden. You will be missed.

  • Paula K Peters Posted January 28, 2021 6:16 pm

    We send our sympathy and prayers to your family. Ray was a great friend to our dad, LaVerne. Our mom, Polly, sends her love and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss. Paula Vrbka Peters and family.

  • Ann Cronstrom Posted January 28, 2021 6:25 pm

    I am extremely sorry for your dad’s passing. My heart is extremely heavy for both of you Val & Michael, and all of your beautiful children. I cannot even imagine the sorrow and heartache you are feeling, but I want you to know my prayers and love are with you all. Your parents are responsible for creating a multitude of fun and loving memories for so many people. They were always willing to open their hearts and home for so many of us to enjoy. I thank God that I was able to be a part of “Sluyterville” and have so many fond memories of your parents, memories that I will cherish for my lifetime. I am praying for you all, and I know that God will hold you in the palm of his hand through this difficult time. God bless you,

  • Mary Jane Collette Posted January 28, 2021 8:29 pm

    Val and Michael, I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing. Sometimes it’s impossible to understand WHY? Both your parents were wonderful, generous, caring people.! God’s blessing on you all during this extremely difficult time.

  • Mike & Mindy Friel Posted January 28, 2021 8:44 pm

    Mike and Valerie,
    We’re so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.

  • Malissa and Bob Christiansen Posted January 28, 2021 9:30 pm

    Valerie and Michael Bob and I are so sorry for your loss! Your Dad was a great man and loved you both so much. Ray and Linda are together again having a great time!! Our deepest condolences!

  • John Hoich Posted January 29, 2021 12:14 am

    I am grateful to have known Raymond he was a wonderful neighbor for 18 years next-door to me on 180th St. I learned from him I watched How he loved his landscaping I watched how he loved his wife and his children with all of his heart he was a. godly and kind man ! He was successful in business and was giving to cHarity. He was a John Wayne a true gentleman he will be missed, love ❤️ john lee hoich

  • Kraig Klopfenstein Posted January 29, 2021 8:31 am

    Our prayers go out to Mike and the insurance team at Blackstone Insurance during this difficult time. May you find peace in the days ahead hearing the stories and impact Ray had on others to make this world a better place. May he rest in peace.

  • Tim and Joan Dreager Posted January 29, 2021 9:22 am

    Hard to believe that Ray is gone. Our hearts go out to you, Valerie and Michael, and your families.

    We have so many wonderful memories of times with Ray and Linda. Ray was very social and we’ll never forget that little grin that would appear when he was sharing a story.

    Let your memories bring you comfort.

  • Charles Sluyter and family Posted January 29, 2021 10:26 am

    Sorry for your loss. We have prayed and will be praying for you. God bless you.

  • Lou Steinkamp Posted January 29, 2021 10:59 am

    A storyteller, a caretaker, and everybody’s friend. I will sorely miss one of the most generous men I have ever met.

  • Don Brummer & Angie Brummer Posted January 29, 2021 12:43 pm

    Ang and I are so sorry for your loss. Ray was a great man and fantastic supporter of his community. He will be greatly missed. ❤️🙏

  • Tom and Mary Victor Posted January 29, 2021 10:22 pm

    Val and Michael our hearts go out to you and your family. The memories of our families spending time together are precious. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts and prayers

  • Linda Leapley Posted January 31, 2021 11:07 am

    Mike, Valerie and families, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a one of a kind, good friend to all! He will be missed.

  • Steve & Beth Lawrence Posted January 31, 2021 5:36 pm

    Valerie and Michael, 50 years from now you will still miss your parents but the most comfort comes from the words in John 14 when Jesus says “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me” Nothing can give you more peace than knowing your Dad was a believer and a man loved by many.

  • Lachman Family Posted January 31, 2021 6:40 pm

    Val (Tommy), Michael (becky), & kids!
    We are so sorry for the loss of Ray!
    We are deeply saddened of this news.
    He will be greatly missed.
    We love you guys so much! Please let us know if there is anything we can do or help with!

    Brittany, Anthony, August, & Ryder

  • John Helme Posted February 1, 2021 10:09 am

    Sluyter Family,

    My deepest sympathies to you all. I enjoyed many of great days on the golf course and on our golf trips with Ray. He was a true gentleman and a wonderful guy to spend time with. May God’s presence bring you all comfort and peace at this sad time.
    Wishing you peace,
    John Helme

  • Judy and Chuck Kersch Posted February 1, 2021 2:17 pm

    To live in the hearts we leave behind is to never die. ……That is true for Ray as he lives on in Valerie and Michael and your children. We are so thankful for the many years of visits whether it was Nebraska Colorado or Florida we treasure our memories of fun times with Ray and Linda and just being a part of the Sluyter family. May the love of many family and friends and God’s ever presence bring you peace in the days ahead.
    With much love,
    Judy and Chuck

  • Steve & Debbie Lentz Posted February 1, 2021 4:54 pm

    Valerie & Michael,
    Please know how sorry we are. What a wonderful man, spouse, father, grandfather and friend to so many.
    So many memories we have of good times with your parents. God Bless all of you.

  • Steve and Therese Acamo Posted February 9, 2021 7:22 am

    Becky and Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that your family may have peace and find joy in the memories.

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