Raymond Allen Just, Sr.
Raymond Allen Just, Sr. of Brazoria, Texas passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Katy, Texas on February 26, 2018.
Raymond was born on October 21, 1943 to Edwin and Olivia Magin Just in Seguin, Texas. He grew up in the rural part of Seguin and was what you would consider a "country boy". Sadly, at the tender age of 13, he lost his mother to illness. He spent the remainder of his youth being raised by his father.
At the age of 18 he married and began a family. Eventually he found himself in Angleton, Texas working for what was known then as the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation (known today as TxDot). He had various duties and responsibilities during his employment, but one that stands out the most is the job of sanding the roads during a freeze. When all others were tucked away sleeping warmly in their beds, Raymond would get dressed, in layers of clothing to keep warm, and make his way out of his home to cover the roads with sand so that travels for all would be safe. Raymond proved to be a dedicated employee and a hard worker and retired from the State of Texas.
Growing up, he developed a fondness of vehicles and he enjoyed "tinkering" with them. As a young man, he would gather with a group of friends and race cars on a desolate road, known as Leissner School Rd. He loved to attend car shows and later in life, he and his son, Raymond, Jr., could be found walking the shows and admiring the cars. Throughout his life, he did most, if not all, of his vehicle repairs - either out of love for the mechanics or necessity. He was a man of meager wages, but always a proud man.
He loved the beach and passed his fondness of the surf and sand on to his daughter, Barbara.
Raymond enjoyed maintaining his lawn and was very meticulous with the upkeep. You would find him on the weekends sweeping up grass clippings from the street in front of his home. He also loved gardening and often had freshly picked vegetables for the dinner table.
Raymond was a lifetime member of the "Hog" motorcycle club and loved his bike! After retirement, he and his wife, Janice Just, enjoyed traveling on his Harley. Raymond was a collector of firearms, coins, and knives. He had always been fond of country & western music and he and his wife were quite a pair on the dance floor where they could be found on weekends - enjoying life! He adored his dog, Gizmo, who was his true companion after the passing of his wife.
As life went on, Raymond would frequent Diamond S in Brazoria where he loved to sit with his friends over coffee and tell "stories". He was a creature of habit, hardworking, and an uncomplicated man. He enjoyed the simple things in life and life in general.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Just; parents, Edwin and Olivia Just; sister, Loretta Sneider and her husband Sonny Sneider.
He leaves to cherish his memories, daughter, Barbara Reeves and husband DJ Reeves of Katy, Texas; daughter, Karen Petitt of Houston, Texas; son, Daniel Just of Alvin, Texas; son, Raymond Just, Jr. of Crosby, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; his dog, Gizmo; other relative, and friends.
Family will receive friends to pay their respects and provide condolences on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas with services starting at 11:00 a.m. and Pastor Floyd Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
Active pallbearers will be Daniel Just, Raymond Just, Jr., Ryan Thomas, Holden Just, Cody Just, Jackson Ames, and Keith Just.
Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria. (979) 798-9113.