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“RIP Ray! You will always be forever in our hearts. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Letty Casia-Manalo - San Jose, CA

“May the Lord comfort you at this time of grief. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Tom, Beth & Mark Moody - Corona, CA

“The Lee family sends condolences to Myrna and the Harner family. Ray was very kind to all his teacher peers and we all remember his as a great mentor...Read More »
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“I never met Ray but he was a Brother in Eckankar and we met on Facebook and have been friends for sometime. He had a wonderful sense of humour and he...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Rose Penhale - Friend

“Ray has been a friend since 1950. We met as classmates at Lena Grade/High school. We always had great respect for each other. Ray was a brilliant...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Connie Aspinwall - Freeport, IL


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Ray Arlis Harner, age 80, passed away on April 18, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Ray was born in Chicago, IL to Claud and Mildred (Starr) Harner on December 25, 1938. After graduating from Lena High School, he received his bachelor's degree in sociology from McPherson College, before moving to Los Angeles. He received his teaching credential and master's degree in psychology from Cal State Los Angeles and taught with Los Angeles Unified School District for 49 years.

He had a deep fondness for the outdoors, and spent his younger years fishing and hiking which led him to become a forest ranger during his summer vacations. In more recent years, he enjoyed taking long walks each morning and spending his days reading and gardening. He also had a passion for music, having been involved in choir and band, and playing the trombone throughout his school years.

Ray is survived by his second wife of almost 30 years, Myrna (Concepcion) Harner; children Koreen Cea, Marcel Harner, Gabrielle Brumbach, Colette O'Brien, and Marylou Harner; grandchildren Christina Cea, Thomas Cea, Reilly Brumbach, Sydney Brumbach, Lucas Brumbach, Emily O'Brien, Jack O'Brien, Bridget O'Brien, Audrey O'Brien, Kimberly Harner and Ryan Harner; and brother Carl Harner.

A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 am. A reception will follow the service. His ashes will be laid to rest at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles at a date to follow.