Raymond Lyle Dennis of Bay City, formerly of Caro, age 74, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Ray was born April 17, 1945, in Caro, the son of the late Vernon and Verna (Rickwalt) Dennis. Following his father’s passing, he was raised in his teenage years by his stepfather, Ralph Williamson, and graduated from Kingston High School in 1963. He began work at the former Eaton Foundry in Vassar before being drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War to serve in Korea. Following his honorable discharge in 1967, Ray returned to Eaton, later Grede Foundry, in a career that would span 42 years, retiring as a forklift operator in 2007. He was united in marriage with the former Shirley Weber on March 18, 1966, in New Jersey, and she survives. Ray was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caro, was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and enjoyed woodworking and carpentry projects. He also worked as a part time farm laborer and loved mowing his lawn and cutting wood.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley Dennis of Bay City; two children and their spouses, Matt and Sara Dennis of Bay City, Jill and Gregg Brimmer of Mt. Pleasant; daughter-in-law, Heather Jasman of Reese; four grandchildren: Elijah, Allison, Aaron and Amber Dennis, with another grandson due in February; mother-in-law, Violet Weber of Bay City; 13 siblings and their spouses: Ruth and Phil Mikesell of Virginia, Karen Dennis and David Irving of California, Dwain and Terese Dennis of Lake Odessa, Shirley and Mark Leslie of Florida, Vernon and Mary Dennis of Virginia, Pat and Marion Williamson of Big Rapids, Anthony Williamson of Tennessee, Sheila and Bill Lawson of Tennessee, Colleen Clark of Virginia, Kevin and Ginny Williamson of Virginia, Debra Williamson of Virginia, Randy and Dong Hua Williamson of Virginia, Jo Williamson of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and stepfather, Ray was preceded in death by one son, Robbie Dennis; and brother, Jim Dennis.
In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Cameron Steele officiating. Military honors, afforded by the U.S. Army and American Legion Post # 7, will follow the service. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Monday 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 American Cancer Society. 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.