Life Story / Obituary
Raymond Harold Haslip Jr., 66 Passed away peacefully at home on February 18, 2021 with his family by his side. Ray was a cherished husband, devoted father, fun loving grandfather, and profound business owner. Ray was born on September 19th, 1954 in Omar MI and was the oldest son between 7 sisters and 1 brother.
Ray was the founder and owner of “Ray’s Siding” in Traverse City. Ray was always fond of siding and started his career at a young age in Gaylord where he met the love of his life Cynthia Butts, the two married and began their Journey together in 1972. Ray and Cynthia had 4 children together in a span of 10 years and in 1981 they moved their young family to the Traverse City area so Ray could start his business there in search of something better for them.
Ray enjoyed life rather it be from family cook-outs to Sunday drives to having just an ice cold Miller beer with friends in the back garage. He was an outdoors person, loved to mushroom hunt in the spring, fish, and hunt in his younger years. As time went on and the years passed, he found animals were fun to watch from cats, to dogs, to birds and squirrels. He would plow snow in the winter just to be outside. He looked forward to spring time from being outside with builders to meeting clients for home improvements, repairs, and building just about anything he could get his hands on. Ray would joke all the time, even in times that were the darkest. If there were people around he was the one laughing and telling the jokes. He would go above and beyond to make sure people had what they needed from family, to friends, even when it came to his business and homeowners.
Ray is preceded in death by both his parents and many close friends over the years.
Ray is survived by his wife Cynthia, just short of 49 years by a week; son, Ray (Jeannie); daughter, Angela (Kevin) Mikowski; daughter, Kristene (Terry) Mesko; a son Robert, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great granddaughters, 7 sisters and 1 brother, Richard, who Ray was very fond of.
There will not be a funeral service held at this time but there will be a memorial service this summer.
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