Condolence & Memory Journal

first to the family you are all in my thoughts & prayers, Ray was like a second father to me we spent many days sitting outside bouncing ideas off one another & talking about everything from house remolding, landscaping, flowers, animals to old cowboy movies. their will be an empty hole in my heart for years to come, i miss him so much already. rest peaceful & find joy in the Lord my friend.

Posted by Kevin Folger - East LeRoy, MI - Neighbor   April 05, 2020

Ray was one of the nicest men I ever knew!! I got to know him better while we both worked at Brookside Surgery Center. I know how much he must be missed. Thoughts are with you Ray and Karol!!

Posted by Robin Ort Rawlings Bowen - Des Moines, IA - Family   April 05, 2020

Dear Ray & Pat,
I wanted to convey my deepest sympathy to you and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I had the privilege of working with your father at both Jacobson's and Cole's. He was a kind soul and will surely be missed. I hope we can connect and catch up on our lives.

Carie (Kitt) Ellis

Posted by Carie (Kitt) Ellis - Toledo, OH - Acquaintance   April 03, 2020

I first met Ray after an article about his building of a to-scale, miniature copy of his church, appeared in the Battle Creek paper. I asked him, "Would you be willing to build a barn?" It was a bold request because his work was so magnificent. He never hesitated and said he would. When he called to tell me the barn was done I could have cried for sheer joy. WOW. Teeny tiny little handles on little working doors in the two-story barn built precisely to scale. And all Ray asked was to be paid for his materials. His time was donated so that an organization I was part of at the time could raise money. It was a joy to me to know that the winner of the raffled barn in turn donated it to Tillers International where it is now seen by visitors and appreciated.

Last summer, when the new fund, Barn Believers, teamed up with the Art Center to have a display of barn-themed art, Ray's barn was on display and loved by many. I had tried to locate him to invite him to be there but could not connect. I would love to have seen him again and expressed again, my thanks and respect. He was a fine man and I was honored to have known him.

Posted by Janice Arnett - Battle Creek, MI - acquaintance   April 03, 2020

So sorry to hear of Uncle Ray's passing. He was a nice man who was a very kind and caring. I remember fun times together as a family. I used to run into him when Sonoma Lake Methodist had there Swiss Steak dinners. Helping the Church. God Bless! Gini Jenney

Posted by Virginia Jenney - Battle Creek, MI - Family   March 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss Ray and Pat. Got to know your Dad while at Miller's Time Out. Very nice man! He will be missed.

Posted by Deb Lossing Qualls - ATHENS, MI - Friend   March 29, 2020