Raymond Arnold Disney

Raymond Arnold Disney

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 May 1989 (aged 98)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Prayer ~ Crypt 20400
Memorial ID 6782179 · View Source
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RAYMOND ARNOLD DISNEY was one of the older brothers of the great entertainment legend Walt Disney (Walter Elias Disney). Among others, his close family included his beloved spouse Meredith A. Boyington Disney. He had two sons Charles Elias Disney who was named for Raymond's father who was Elias Charles Disney and one adopted son Daniel Harwood Disney. Raymond had two grandsons Charles Roy "Charlie" Disney and Cristian Petrea Disney.

Raymond's parents were Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. Elias and Flora were very loving and they always were happy with their children and their respective spouses.

It was in Kansas City, Missouri where Edna Francis Disney and Meredith Boyington both worked at The Kansas City Times newspaper and they became great friends. At Roy Oliver Disney's suggestion, Edna introduced Roy's older brother Raymond to Meredith at a church social. After dating one another for a year or so, and falling in love, Raymond and Meredith were married in a small family gathering, and Edna and Roy attended their nuptials, performed by an Episcopal Priest, and both couples were very happy and often they would socialize together and they remained close family and friends for the rest of their lives, respectively! Meredith, Edna, and Lillian Bounds Disney (Walt's wife) remained close for the rest of their lives!

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 when the Lincoln exhibit was moved to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, just a little more than one year before Walt Disney passed away. This exhibit was expanded but remains in Anaheim to this day!

Of course, Raymond was greatly saddened when his parents and each one of his siblings passed away respectively, and he deeply missed them for the rest of his own life. Walt and Roy were both younger than Ray. Herbert was the oldest of the Disney children and Ruth was the youngest and the only girl sibling. Raymond lived longer than each of his siblings!

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 Kansas City.

Early in life Raymond was a bank teller in Kansas City, Missouri at the Southwest National Bank of Commerce and the First National Bank at 10th & Baltimore Ave. in downtown Kansas City, the same bank where his brother Roy Oliver Disney was also a teller. Today, this bank building remains intact and is the Central Library of Kansas City. He always had a "soft spot" for Kansas City and would visit there numerous times across his lifetime including when he and his brother Walt and his wife Lilly met with Frank S. Land, the founder of the International Order of DeMolay. Walt was honored by Land with the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Raymond was a member of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica. He funded a large most beautiful and quite spectacular and popular meditation 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 and Meredith both loved cats and dogs and would always help strays find homes (often in their own home) that seemed to find their way to their door! They both made very generous donations to local animal shelters for many years.

Raymond was quite active in the Masonic Lodge and in the Los Angeles, California Shriner's Al Malaikah Shrine Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. activities across many years. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters and he participated in "The Book of the Play." He was really 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 renowned 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, California 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 are entombed. Everything at Forest Lawn was, as always, so beautiful and quite uplifting!

Some other members of Ray's family are elsewhere in Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks in Glendale and Hollywood Hills, California. His spouse, who was Meredith A. Disney, is entombed in the Risen Christ Mausoleum in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City, California, and other family members are in numerous other cemeteries in California and elsewhere.

"May Raymond Rest In Peace!"

(Accurate information for this memorial comes from several souces including:
The Disney Archives, Meredith A. Disney, Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and
St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church...)

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Gravesite Details Raymond's crypt inscription includes the official Shrine Temple Center Crescent and Scimitar A. A. O. N. M. S. emblem.
  • Maintained by: Daniel H. Disney
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Arnold Disney (30 Dec 1890–24 May 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6782179, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Daniel H. Disney (contributor 47900313) .