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Raymond Lynn Michaels

October 1, 1930 January 17, 2022
Raymond Lynn Michaels
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Obituary for Raymond Lynn Michaels

Raymond Lynn Michaels, a longtime resident of Milford, MI died on Monday, January 17, 2022. He was 91 years old.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Timothy) Bonnewell; son, Curt (Mary) Michaels; grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Michaels, as well as extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Eunice Michaels (d. 2016) and his daughter, Dianne K.

The youngest of three, Ray was born to Bill and Mable Michaels in October of 1930 in Plymouth, MI. Growing up, much time was spent with cousins on family farms in the thumb and central Michigan areas. The closeness forged with extended family during these times literally lasted a lifetime as Ray and two of his closest cousins remained in regular contact until their respective passing’s, each reaching their 90th year and beyond.

Ray’s formal education was completed in Plymouth culminating with graduation from Plymouth High School in 1948. Soon after graduation Ray would meet the love of his life, Eunice. Ray entered the Air Force in 1951 and was stationed in Oklahoma when it was agreed that Eunice and Ray’s mother Mable would board a train from Ann Arbor to Edmond, OK for the couple to be married on October 13, 1951.

Once reunited in Michigan Ray continued his work with the 127th Supply Squadron while he and Eunice set up home in Plymouth and Northville before eventually moving to Milford in 1957. Milford would be home for the next 60+ years.
Ray remained in the Air Force and later the Michigan National Guard into 1956. While completing his military commitment Ray also worked for his father Bill at the family-owned B&F Auto Supply in Plymouth.

Choosing not to stay on with the family business Ray began working for General Motors in 1955 and spent the next 32 years working at Truck & Coach and the later Truck & Bus. Ray attended night school during his early years of employment with GM eventually graduating from Lawrence Tech with a degree in electrical engineering.

As with his childhood Ray would develop life-long friendships with many of his co-workers and their spouses. These friendships in and outside of work provided countless memories and stories that are still being shared today. Ray’s career truly was a source of passion and kinship that he cherished throughout his life and this is entirely attributed to the relationships and friendships made during and extending beyond his 32 years at GM.

Retiring from GM in 1987 didn’t mean an end to Ray’s working life. Ray took a seasonal position at Kensington Metro park for the next 22 years that provided an opportunity to work outdoors in the summer and time off for he and Eunice to enjoy their winters in their travel trailer in much warmer climates in the south and south western US.

Living in Milford for over years Ray and Eunice probably at one time or another knew most everyone in town. Through the school years and related activities of Debbie and Curt to their membership with the Milford United Methodist Church and countless volunteer activities Ray and Eunice forged additional friendships that would last forever.
Family and the many friendships made Ray’s life full and rewarding. Relatives from childhood, friendships made in high school, during his career and within the Milford community lasted his entire life and will continue in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.

Give memory to Ray when raising that hot cup of black coffee or that martini with just a hint of vermouth.

While saddened at his passing we are rejoiceful with our memories of a life very well lived and shared with so many.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Milford United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association


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