Raymond Lester Spears, Jr., 85, of Buchanan went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer with Reverend Randy D. Lett officiating. Burial will be in Weesaw Township Cemetery, Buchanan. Friends may meet with the family from 2 - 5 PM on Sunday at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 247, Sawyer, Michigan 49125.
Raymond was born January 10, 1928 in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of the late Raymond Lester Sr. and Marie Helen (Busick) Spears. On November 22, 1947 he married Leora Hischke and they shared 58 years together until her death in 2006. Raymond began working for the New York Central Railroad and then worked at Clark Equipment Company for 26 years, and retired from Bendix Allied Signal. Raymond enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts and seeing 5 of his grandsons become Eagle Scouts. Ray was a Merchant Marine serving from 1945-46.He loved to bowl, and also enjoyed the outdoors while camping and fishing.
Raymond is survived by daughters – Diane (Terry) Federspiel of Fort Wayne, and Susan Spears of Sawyer; grandchildren – Samuel (Nancy) Federspiel, Benjamin (Annie) Federspiel, Martin Spears and Matthew Spears; great grandchildren – Serenity and McKayla Spears, Faith, George, Claire, and Elizabeth Federspiel; brother-in-law: Irving (Mary Lou) Hischke; Uncle - Jake (Shirley) Busick and Aunt Emilie Clem.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife Leora in 2006, a grandson - Michael in 2007, and his daughter Deborah in 2011.
2 - 5 PM ,Sunday, June 2, 2013
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106
11 AM ,Monday, June 3, 2013
Trinity Lutheran Church - Sawyer
5791 Sawyer Road Sawyer, Michigan, MI 49125
Monday, June 3, 2013
Weesaw Township Cemetery
Cleveland Avenue Buchanan, MI 49107