RAYMOND JOSEPH NIENABER, born in Covington, KY, on 07/21/1954, went to his eternal reward on May 4, 2012 after a 2 year battle with cancer, at the age of 57.
Preceded in death by his parents Joseph C. and Hilda (Brueggemann) Nienaber and one brother-in-law, Dave Ferguson, Ray is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Chris (Grieser); daughter Kate of Nashville, TN; Sisters Margie Ferguson of Loveland & Sr. Mary Renee Nienaber of Alexandria, KY; Brothers Jim (Linda) Nienaber of Cincinnati; Dave (Kathy) Nienaber of Springdale and Jack (Wendy) Nienaber of Ft. Thomas, KY, Other survivors include: Sister-in-law Janie (Jack) Newell, Centerville; Brother-in-laws Roger (Jenny) Grieser of Arkansas; Rob (Karyn) Grieser of Delaware, OH; Marty (Corrine) Grieser of Columbus, OH as well as many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Ray held a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in American Literature and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. His 35 year career legacy in management left greatly improved Public Libraries in Covington, Newport and Hospkinsville, Kentucky as well as the Lebanon Public Library where he was the Director from 1986 until his retirement in 2006 and spearheaded a major community restoration and addition to the library in 1988. Following retirement Ray and Chris began working with South Auctions & Associates as Auction managers where they met many new friends and loved learning the auction business.
Ray was an avid Sports enthusiast, playing various sports and completed 2 marathons. Well known for his excellent organizational skills, Ray was involved in many political, community and organization fundraising events that helped develop a love of cooking for large crowds. Ray served on the New Building Committee for St. Francis de Sales Church; past President of the Lebanon Kiwanis and a former Kiwanian of the Year; Member and Past Exalted Ruler of Lebanon Elks Lodge #422 with awards for Officer of the Year and 4 time recipient of the Elk of the Year; Member of the Mather’s Mill Men’s Club; and past board member of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Friends may call at Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, 329 E. Mulberry Street, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church at 15 Desales Ave. Lebanon, on Wednesday, May 9th at 10:30 a.m. with burial at the Lebanon Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lebanon or the Lebanon Public Library.