Raymond Alexander Kenjura was born June 2, 1933 to Joseph and Katie Worchisik in Washington County. He died August 29, 2022 at Focus Care Rest Home after three years of heart attacks, strokes and Alzheimer, buy even with his many difficulties he met his visitors with his big smile that he always had throughout his life.
Raymond was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He sang in the choir and helped with financial campaigns and evangelistic programs.
He attended St. Mary’s School and Brenham High School in the class of 1952. At Brenham High School he loved sports and played football and baseball.
After high school Raymond joined the U.S. Army. He served for two years in the Korean War and was discharged as a Master Sergeant.
He married Joy Drummond in October 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rockdale Texas.
After his discharge from the Army, he started his 41-year career as a salesman in the grocery business. He worked for 14 years in Houston for Moore and Moore Food Brokers. In 1970 he moved to Brenham to work for Brenham Wholesale Grocery Company. He enjoyed his work very much and never looked at it as job but as a lot of fun. His customers were like family to him.
Sports was a great enjoyment for Raymond. He loved working with young boys. He was always proud of his Little League football team in Houston that won the City Championship in 1967.
He was instrumental in the reorganization of The Brenham Cub Booster Club along with James Becker and John Garnett. They were able to start 7th Grade Football and help all the sports at Brenham High School. Raymond, along with his cousins, were able to have a football/soccer field built at Hohlt Park.
Raymond was a great Aggie fan and sponsored an endowed scholarship for football at Texas A&M University.
The greatest joy in sports for Raymond was when his son played at BHS and at A&M. He loved when his son Scooter started coaching and his grandsons played. He was always there to see them and cheer them on.
Raymond was an umpire for the Washington County Little League for several years.
After Raymond retired from Brenham Wholesale in 1994, he was able to spend a lot of time at his farm in Weimar. He enjoyed working with his cattle but most of all he loved his family and friends to come for Bar B Que on the 4th of July and during deer season.
Raymond loved to garden and give his vegetables to his friends. He also enjoyed helping at the Butterfly Garden at Brenham Elementary School. He loved to see the children enjoy the garden.
Raymond was a member of the VFW, The American Legion, and an early member of Goodfellows. He was an ardent Democrat.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws John and Lizzie Drummond, brothers, Harry (Helen), Louis (Lela), Alex (Ruth); sisters, Wanda Schmidt (Walter), Marie Haskins (B.M.), Josephine Vela (Jessie) and brothers-in-law, Earl Drummond and Dick Drummond.
He is survived by his wife Joy of 67 years, son, Ray (Scooter) and wife Linda of Montgomery. Two grandsons, John and wife Brittany of Lubbock, Michael and wife Erin and great granddaughter Eleanor of Cypress. He was always very loving of his nieces, Merel, Tootsie, Betty Ann, Jeanie, Becky Sue, Glora Jean, Lisa and Anessa.
Viewing will be held at Memorial Oaks Chapel Wednesday, August 31 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm. The family will be in attendance from 5:00 until 8:00.
The funeral mass will held be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, September 1st at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Reception to follow at St. Mary’s Parish Activity Center.