Raymond Walter Ripley

1914 -2008

Raymond Walter Ripley, passed away on April 7, 2008, of a varitey of malady's related to old age, in Jackson, Michigan .

Raymond was born September 18, 1914, at his grandfathers home in Leslie, Michigan, the second son of his father Walter Harrison Ripley and Walters wife, the former Grace Evelyn Hudler.

Raymond spent part of his youth in Leslie and in the Leslie Public Schools, before the family moved to Jackson.  He worked on a farm earning money and precious vegetables for his family.  As a high school youth, Raymond got his name in the papers for his expertise at playing basketball for East Jackson High School, from where he graduated in 1933.  Raymond served his country by working for the National Youth Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corp, the CCC, in the UP of Michigan.

Raymond met his wife to be through his best friend Gerald Boyers, whose sister was Grace Wyonia Boyers.  Raymond and Grace were married on September 24, 1938 in Jackson, Michigan.

Raymond enjoyed playing sports and at one time played for the Goodyear Tire softball team and another team playing baseball at Jackson Bumper.  He always worked hard to provide for the six children, working most of his life as a machinist.  At Miller Industries in Jackson, he rose to the postion of Foreman.  One of Raymond's favorites pastimes was fishing, a feat at which he excelled, providing wonderful fish dinners for his family.

In 1955, Raymond bought a home in Vandercook Lake with five acres of land on which he lived the rest of his life.  While living in Vandercook, the family attended the Brookside Methodist Church.

The love of Raymond's life and our mother, Grace, passed away on January 30, 1986.  From then on, Raymond could often be spotted taking long walks around the Vandercook area and even chipping at golf balls in the back yard of the home.

Raymond will be remembered as a hard working man, dedicated to his family and a man of great honesty.

The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and other caregivers for their time, support and kindness.

Surviving Raymond are the six children.  Michael and Donna of Grand Rapids, Brian of Utah, Dennis of Jackson, Steven and Bev of Jackson, Philip and Pamela of Jackson, and Karen of Jackson.  Also many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great, great, grandchild.  Preceding Raymond in death was his wife Grace, his parents and a brother Henry J Ripley of Flint, Michigan.