Ray Edward Nappier of Union, MO, formerly St. Louis, MO, departed this life in Creve Coeur, MO, on July 16, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-one years, one month and eighteen days. Ray was born in St. Louis, MO, on May 28, 1948, son of Lester Lee Nappier, Sr. and Opal Ruth Nappier nee Jones. He was blessed to have six siblings.
Ray is survived by two brothers, Lester L. Nappier, Jr. and wife, JoAnn, of St. Louis, MO, and Michael Nappier and wife, Sherry, of St. Louis; by one sister, Barbara Nappier of St. Louis; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Lester, Sr. and Opal Nappier; by two brothers, Kenneth and Gary Nappier, and by one sister, Shirley Verweyst.
Ray was a Christian of the Baptist faith, believing in the Lord as his Savior. During his working career he was employed as a laborer for a metal fabrication company. Ray was very patriotic and as a young man had enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as long as his health allowed. He was a talented artist, and drawing had been a favorite pastime years ago. He also was a good football player, having played semi pro football, and even trying out for professional football. Ray was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, rarely missing a game. He also enjoyed going to the horse races. Although he had no children of his own, he loved his nieces and nephews as his own. The love and precious memories he shared with his family will forever live on in their hearts.
A kind and loving brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Private graveside services were held at 11:30 AM Monday, July 22, 2019, at Virginia Mines Cemetery in Lonedell, MO with the Rev. Jim Plymale officiating. Memorials may be made to Virginia Mines Cemetery. The family of Ray Edward Nappier entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.