Raymond Curt Jivery, 64, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Raymond was born to Arthur and Florence Jivery on November 2nd, 1954 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was named after Arthur’s army buddy but was known as Curt to family and all who knew him in his early years. His parents separated when he was 4 and Arthur and Curt relocated to Eagle Mountain, California where Arthur worked for Kaiser Steel. With no seniority, Arthur lived in the bunkhouse and Curt lived with various families for a week or two at a time. After six months, a co-worker’s mother, who became Grandma Ward, agreed to take care of Curt. For the next two years, Curt lived and went to school in Fontana, California seeing his dad on weekends. While in Fontana, Curt was given a puppy, Rudy, that would become his first furry love. Once Arthur had reached some seniority, he was able to get housing and moved Grandma Ward and Curt to Eagle Mountain. Curt thrived and participated in sports and played all over Eagle Mountain with his friends and Rudy in tow. Every summer, they returned to Minnesota for family get-togethers.
In 1969, Arthur married Florence Lyver and Curt had the family he had always desired. Besides gaining a mother, he gained four brothers and three sisters.
Curt married Debbie Shelton on November 2nd, 1974 in Bisbee, Arizona. They moved to Phoenix in 1976 where they celebrated the birth of their first child, Misty Suzette, on January 30th, 1976. Derrick Curt joined their family on November 1st, 1978. They relocated to Reno, Nevada where Curt started his career in sales at Handy Andy. They had printed business cards with Raymond Jivery and Curt became known as Ray to all who met him thereafter. Ray and Debbie divorced in 1995.
Ray continued his career in sales working for Silo, Broadway Southwest, Roy Edwards Warehouse, Westar and Allstate Appliance. He loved selling the higher-end appliances and was great at his job.
His tennis friend, Craig Close, introduced Ray to Maggie Maurer on September 18th, 2001. There was an immediate bond and they became best friends and soulmates. They were married at Christ Church Lutheran on March 9th, 2003 surrounded by friends and family and thoroughly enjoyed the life they built together.
Ray was a life-long Vikings fan, an enthusiastic Twins fan and any sport that originated in the state of Minnesota. He had a passion for motorcycles, tennis and was an avid fisherman.
Ray is survived by his wife, Maggie, his children Misty Granillo and Derrick (Jessica) Jivery, three granddaughters, Christina Granillo, Kaitlynn Jivery and Emileigh Jivery. He is also survived by his sisters Aletha Jackson, Linda Brekke (Denny Aldinger) and Claudia (Charles) Skalsky and sister-in-law Nancy Lyver; brothers Keith (Cindy) Lyver and Craig Lyver; sister-in-law Christine Maurer, brother-in-law Rich (Linda) Maurer and Tim (Mary) Maurer; and many nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by three brothers: John Lyver, Paul Lyver, and Wesley Lyver; sister-in-law Patricia Lyver; and nephew Bradley Lyver. Ray was predeceased by three brothers: John Lyver, Paul Lyver, and Wesley Lyver; sister-in-law Patricia Lyver; and nephew Bradley Lyver.
Visitation will be Friday, July 5, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Lutheran or Muhammed Ali Movement Disorder Center.
Nancy and Dick Galsterer
Our prayers are with you in this time of grief. So sorry to hear that Ray has passed away. At least you know he is in heaven and you will be with him again some day. God will carry you through this time. Remember Footsteps In The Sand. God is always with you.
Judy Poellet- Maggie's cousin
My sympathies to Rays family. May God be with you at this time and give you comfort and peace. After my dad died, I remembered his advise about wounds or scratches. Put a band aid on during the day. Take it off at night so the wound or scratch will get some air. Interesting that I remembered this advise after my dad died. I am sure you will remember something Ray said and it will make you smile.
My heart is full as I hear of Ray’s passing. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Gods plan. I know you have many stretched out arms surrounding you. Embrace them.
I grew up and went to school with Curt in Eagle Mountain. I was deeply saddened when I heard if his passing. My prayer is that God wrap His loving arms around Curt’s family and comfort then during this difficult time.
Maggie, as you well know, my thoughts and prayers are with you every day. Ray was such a very special person. He loved you so much. Please remember to keep all the wonderful memories
Alive in your heart and mind. Love you so very much.