Raymond Edward Rengier, 61, of Bluffton, SC passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 22, 2021 after a long illness. Ray was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 19, 1959 to Margaret Rengier and the late Jerome Rengier.
Ray was a talented landscaper, conducting his small business in the Hilton Head, SC area for thirty-five years. Many of his clients were with him for over 20 years and became good friends.
He was a dedicated volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 13 years. With Cub Scouts Pack 241, he served as the outings chair, special events chair, fund raising chair, and Cubmaster. With Boy Scouts Troop 241, he served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, outings chair, fund raising chair, and eventually committee chair. He was also a very active member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society. He impacted the lives of hundreds of Scouts and many adult leaders across the low country while he served at the District Level as a Cub Scout BB and archery certified range officer, staffed countless special events, adult trainings, helped with fundraising & recruiting, and directed/ narrated many memorable flag retirements. At the Council level of Scouting, he dedicated many hours at the local scout camp in Charleston, SC helping with summer and winter camps, special events and often helped with repairs & maintenance at camp.
Ray is survived by his wife Joanne of 35 years; his pride and joy was found with his children; son Nicholas and daughter Alexis Rengier. He is also survived by his mother Margaret Rengier, four sisters, Peggy Minor, Patty Austin, Phyllis Rengier (Charlie Watson), and Annette Rengier (David Perkins) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Jerome Rengier, sister, Nancy Williams (Gary), and two brothers Robert and Jerry.
Ray’s big heart led to his involvement with Boy Scouts of America, and his passion for Wreaths Across America honoring our veteran heroes. He spent 2000 volunteer hours yearly behind the scenes working on committees, planning events, and making sure the scouts were having a great time. Though he himself was not a veteran, he felt it was his way of serving his beloved country. He is fondly remembered for his outstanding flag retirement programs and campfire penguin songs.
Raymond will be remembered for his generosity, big heart, smile, and practical jokes. His hearty laugh and contagious sense of humor lit up each room he blessed with his presence.
A memorial service celebrating Ray’s life will be held later in Hardeeville, SC, giving family time to plan and gather. Please watch for a Facebook event announcement soon.
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