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Raymond Vaughn Banner, son of Vilas C. and Mary A. (Clark) Banner, was born December 16, 1937, at rural Tingley, IA in the home of his grandparents, Dellno and Lola Banner.
He grew up on several farms in Ringgold County and attended various country and town grade schools. In 1956 he graduated from Benton High School. Raymond graduated with a certificate from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE, 1959; received a B.A. degree from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, 1961; earned a Th. M. (Master of Theology) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1965.
From August 1965 to 1969 he was engaged in preaching and religious work. In April 1970 he moved to Des Moines where he was employed as a clerk at the Des Moines, Iowa Post Office from April 27, 1970 to August 31, 1992 when early retirement was taken. He had worked part time at the Dallas Post Office when in seminary.
He purchased a home at 603 N. Hayes in Mount Ayr, IA and moved there December 2, 1992, across from his mother, Mary Banner. Raymond assisted his mother during the last ten years of her life, until her death on December 4, 2002.
In 1972 Raymond became involved with the Right to Life movement and was an active volunteer for twenty years. After moving to Mount Ayr he served as president of the Ringgold County Historical Society for nine years. While living in Mount Ayr he attended the Regular Baptist Church and occasionally the Free Methodist Church.
In May 2011 Raymond moved from his Mount Ayr residence to a home at 410 South Vine Street in Creston, IA.
Raymond compiled, wrote, edited and published a number of books on genealogy and local history.
He was conservative in his Christian faith, politics and lifestyle. Reading, research and writing were favorite pastimes. Raymond was a lifelong bachelor.
In April 2021, Raymond became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr where he lived the remainder of his life. Raymond passed away on June 20, 2022. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene, at age sixteen in 1963 and by his parents.
He is survived by cousins, distant relatives and friends.
Open visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home on Thursday, June 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with funeral services beginning 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 24 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Regular Baptist Church and the Ringgold County Historical Society.

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