Raymond Daniel Dwyer, Jr.

Raymond Daniel Dwyer, Jr.

January 03, 1920 - October 19, 2010

Raymond Daniel Dwyer, Jr.

January 03, 1920 - October 19, 2010


Dr. Raymond Dwyer passed away with family by his side at his home in Laguna Woods, California on October 19th, 2010. He was 90 years old. He was born on January 3rd, 1920, in the steel mill town of Gary Indiana, the youngest of three children. Ray was a championship swimmer and attended the University of Michigan. He joined the war in 1941 where he served as a radar operator aboard a B-17 patrolling the Panama Canal Zone and Galapagos Islands. Upon his return from service, he received his degree in medicine from the Indiana School of Medicine in 1951 as an anesthesiologist. Ray married his beloved wife Betty in 1951 and moved to Pasadena, California to raise a family.

He and Betty raised five children in Santa Monica, a sixth child, Kelly, died in infancy. His marriage to Betty lasted until her death in 1983. Ray is survived by his five children: Tara of Laguna Woods, Raymond Daniel III Dan of Temecula, William Bill of Fountain Valley, Michael Mike of Carlsbad, and Kelly Dwyer-Emmers of Hayward, California. Daughter in-law Myloan Vu, Son in-law Robert Bob Emmers. He was a grandfather to eleven grandchildren: Danny, Andy, Scotty, Erika, Alicia, Adrienne, Charlotte, Dane, Grace, Theo, and Lila.

He will be dearly missed by all his family, especially by his daughter Tara who cared for him for many years until his passing. He will be remembered most for his gentle soul, his humor, and his unconditional kindness to all who were fortunate enough to have crossed his path in life.

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17 responses to Raymond Daniel Dwyer, Jr.

  1. My prayers are with you all.

  2. I would like to thank Kelly for keeping us informed of the Dwyer family updates. Our prayers go out to all of the Dwyer family. I am sure Mr. Dwyer is in a happy place, being reunited with his wife. What a privilage it was to have been aquainted with this wonderful, caring, loving man. God Bless!

  3. Dr. Dwyer was an extraordinarily kind and profoundly decent man. You only need look at his 5 incredible kids for confirmation. These hard working, upstanding and always welcoming people are the greatest tribute to his life and legacy.
    Please accept my family’s sincerest condolences,
    Jessica, Andrew, Eris and Lochlan

  4. Hi there Tara, Dan, Bill, Mike and Kelly

    Just want to say that I loved your dad so much…..he was also like a father to me. He was always so mellow and quite humorous….I never once in my entire life saw your dad mad. I have fond memories of seeing your dad and working with him in surgery when I worked at Santa Monica Hospital. Also, it always makes me smile when I think of Ray walking all over Santa Monica. You couldn’t miss him, he was so tall. Because I’m such a walker myself, we would occasionally pass each other on Carlyle or some other Santa Monica street. He will be missed by so so many. Also, I want to say what an amazing job Tara has done over so so many years! No one could have done what you did Tara…and I’m not just saying it because you’re my friend. You are a total and I mean total Angel, Tara! Your dad had the Best Care in the Entire World. If I can’t make it down for the funeral, I will certainly take a few moments on Oct. 27th at 10am to think of Ray Dwyer and all of you!


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