Raymond R. Cernik

Raymond R. Cernik
August 18, 1924 – February 9, 2021

Ray Cernik, age 96, was born in Wahoo, Nebraska to Frank and Bessie Cernik.  He died peacefully in his sleep on February 9, 2021.  Ray was a WWII veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his parents; Elaine, his beloved wife of 70 years; brother Frank Cernik and sister Marie Smith. He is survived by his children, Steve (Danielle) Cernik, Chris (Diane) Cernik, and Ellen (Lee) Ehlers; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; extended loving family and dear friends.

VISITATION: Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 3 pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by a Rosary at 4 pm.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 15, 2021, 10 am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 Q, with luncheon following.
Interment:  St. Francis Cemetery, Wahoo, NE.  Memorials to St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Arizona.

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


  • Bernard James. McCoy Posted February 12, 2021 11:12 pm

    Ray and I go back 50 years of friendship. He hired me to work part time at Skateland in 1971 in Bellevue. The greatest part time job I ever had. Ray was always a gentleman , kind and considerate. I will miss our visits.
    Go in peace dear friend.
    Bernie McCoy

  • Carol Kremer Posted February 14, 2021 7:10 am

    To Ray’s family: I wanted to express my sympathy. Ray was my neighbor in Papillion, some years back. He was a great person and loved to visit.

  • Sheila McCoy Posted February 14, 2021 4:08 pm

    Deepest and heartfelt sympathies to all family & friends of Ray. He was a kind & wonderful man.
    He was my first boss ever at age 15 at Skateland and was the role model I’ve held every boss to for
    over 40 years. He was a great friend to my dad, Bernie McCoy, but also the entire McCoy family. Ray
    will be missed. Sincere condolences for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Dave and Tamara Smith Posted February 15, 2021 10:13 am

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Uncle Ray. He was a terrific man and loved by all who knew him, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Jeanette Zalovich-Isgrigg Posted February 16, 2021 1:32 am

    My husband (Buddy) and I would like to express our sorrow for your loss. We used to go to Skateland in the 1970’s and Ray was always very nice to us. We are praying for all of you.

  • Tom Clabaugh Posted February 17, 2021 9:00 am

    Our deepest sympathies go to Ray’s family. He was the last of my father’s, Donald Clabaugh, WWII “buddies along with Milo Bartak. My parents always enjoyed the friends relationship and we respected the service they did for our country. I’m sure they are retelling stories together now. Bless you all.

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