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Raymond Arnold Disney
Birth: Dec. 30, 1890
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 24, 1989
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

RAYMOND ARNOLD DISNEY was one of the older brothers of entertainment legend WALTER ELIAS DISNEY. Among others, his close family included his spouse MEREDITH A. DISNEY and son CHARLES ELIAS DISNEY. In later years, Meredith A. Disney adopted DANIEL HARWOOD DISNEY.

Raymond owned his own very successful insurance business for over forty-five years on North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, California. He handled most of the insurance for his brothers Walt and Roy and for their original Disney Bros. Studio in 1923 and later for Walt Disney Productions in Burbank. Raymond was a close confidant and he advised brothers Walt and Roy throughout their lives and especially in the early years of Disney Bros. Studio and Walt Disney Productions. He really enjoyed spending much time with his brothers as they originally established what was to become the vast Disney Entertainment Enterprises, now known as The Walt Disney Company.

Raymond like his brother Walt, also greatly admired Abraham Lincoln and he worked alongside his brother Walt when the "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" exhibit was created for the Illinois Pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair and later in 1965 was moved to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. He had an uncanny sense about dates and numbers! Raymond was greatly saddened when each one of his brothers passed away respectively, and he deeply missed them for the rest of his own life. Walt and Roy were both younger than Ray.

Raymond served in the U. S. Army during World War I. He was an active member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Los Angeles.

Early in life Raymond was a bank clerk/teller in Kansas City, Missouri at the First National Bank at 10th & Baltimore Ave. in downtown Kansas City, the same bank where his brother Roy also worked. Today, this bank building remains and is the Central Library of Kansas City. He always had a "soft spot" for Kansas City and would visit there many times across his lifetime.

Raymond was a member of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica. He funded a large most beautiful and quite spectacular flower garden for many years that was so prominent in the churchyard filled with so many native blooming flowers for each season.

He was a very kind and generous gentleman! Ray had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people happy. Raymond loved cats and dogs and would always help strays find homes (often in his own home) that seemed to find their way to his door! He made very generous donations to local animal shelters for many years.

Raymond was quite active in the Masonic Lodge and the Los Angeles, California Al Malaikah Shrine Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. activities across many years. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters and he participated in The Book of the Play. He was so proud of the fact that he enjoyed a personal meeting with Frank S. Land, the founder of the International Order of DeMolay with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Ray bequeathed a very considerable amount of his large estate to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Los Angeles and the Shriner's Children's Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas.

If you are so inclined and want to help something really "magnificent" Raymond Arnold Disney would want you to reach out and donate to the Shriner's Hospitals For Children: (888) 337-0080!

Raymond was 98 when he passed from this life on May 24, 1989 at his home in Santa Monica, California, with his son Charles Elias Disney at his side.

Raymond's funeral service was held in the Little Church of the Flowers in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, CA on Saturday, May 27, 1989. Also, a Royal Order of Jester's Rose Ceremony and a Masonic Service followed the religious services. His remains were then entombed in the Freedom Mausoleum in the Sanctuary of Prayer Room close to the garden where Walt and Lillian and other family members ashes are entombed. Everything at Forest Lawn was so beautiful and quite uplifting!

Some other members of his family are elsewhere in Forest Lawns in Glendale and Hollywood Hills and Meredith Disney is entombed in the Risen Christ Mausoleum in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City, California and other family in other cemeteries.


"May Raymond Rest In Peace!"


(Biography by Meredith A. Disney & Daniel H. Disney)




 (bio by: A.J. Marik) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Elias Charles Disney (1859 - 1941)
  Flora Call Disney (1868 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Meredith A. Disney (1907 - 1998)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Elias Disney (1940 - ____)*
  Daniel Harwood Disney (1956 - ____)*
 
 Siblings:
  Herbert Arthur Disney (1888 - 1961)*
  Raymond Arnold Disney (1890 - 1989)
  Roy Oliver Disney (1893 - 1971)*
  Walt Disney (1901 - 1966)*
  Ruth Flora Disney Beecher (1903 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Raymond's crypt inscription includes the official Shrine Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. emblem.
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Prayer ~ Crypt 20400
 
Maintained by: Daniel H. Disney
Originally Created by: A.J. Marik
Record added: Sep 16, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6782179
Raymond Arnold Disney
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Raymond Arnold Disney
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Raymond Arnold Disney
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Thank you for your service to our great country! You loved America and we love America! And now we have a great new President--thank God!
- George Murphy
 Added: Nov. 11, 2016
Happy Halloween, Raymond! We think about you often--so many years have now passed but our wonderful memories of you and Meredith continue forever!
- Bobby O'Malley
 Added: Oct. 31, 2016

- R I P
 Added: Oct. 30, 2016
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