Raymond Harold Mervyn of Caro, formerly of Lake Orion, age 80, passed
away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at United Hospice Service of
Marlette Regional Hospital. He was born December 6, 1936 in Detroit,
the son of the late William and Josephine (Lepard) Mervyn.
Ray graduated from Lake Orion High School with the Class of 1956.
After graduation, he went to live with Monty and Lucille Seabrook
where he was taught and learned farming. The farm was located on M-24
(Lapeer Rd.) just south of Scripts Rd. After working with the
Seabrooks, he worked on the pig farm at Lake Field Farm from
1959-1964. In 1964, Ray started working at National Twist Drill where
he met Sharon in 1979. They married on March 8, 1980.  Also in 1979,
Ray and his daughter, Rebecca, managed the Lake Orion Girls’ Softball
League called the Stings where they took 1st place two years in a row.
He worked there until the end of 1980 when National Twist Drill sold
to Lear Seiger. After National Twist Drill, Ray got a job at
Bloomfield Golf Course in 1981. At this time, Ray took a course for
Beginning Machinist 1 and 2 at Oakland University in Rochester. From
there, he worked at Falcon Tool as a machinist. In 1985, he got hired
into Masco Form Tech in Royal Oak. While working at Masco FormTech, he
earned his Journeyman’s card. Ray worked there until he retired in
2004 and moved to Caro. Other than baseball, Ray was an avid gardener
and loved growing potatoes where he would harvest 6-10 bushels of
potatoes from his garden.
Ray is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Caro; children, Jenna
Zimmerman and her husband, Tate, of Jenison, Steve Mervyn and his
wife, Sandy, of Oxford, Rebecca Baldwin and her husband, Wayne, of
Hadley, Kim Halpin and her husband, Ken, of Caro, and William Wright
and his wife, Jackie, of Vassar; seven grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren; siblings, Nancy Martinez and her husband, Marty,
Frank Mervyn and his wife, Jackie, Warren Mervyn and his wife, Donna,
Robert Mervyn and his wife, Vicki; and many nieces and nephews. In
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers,
Richard, William and Duane Mervyn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Ronald Wigand
officiating. In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation will follow the
service. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral
home on Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until
the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of
sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Mervyn
Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Sharon Mervyn, 205 West Sherman Street,
Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the
Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories,
thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.

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