TRAVERSE CITY — Raymond Keith Saunby, 69, of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on May 2, 1944, in Lansing, to the late Marion George and Gladys (Umlor) Saunby.
Proudly, Ray was part of the class of 1962 from Traverse City Central High School.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Lee Meyer, in Elmwood Township on Feb. 8, 1964. Together they lovingly raised their son, James.
Ray was a talented carpenter by trade. In 1982 he and Pat moved to Arizona to work in the booming Phoenix area. While they were there they enjoyed climbing Squaw Peak, Superstition Mountains and the true beauty of the Arizona desert. Upon return to the area in 1992 Ray went to work for Tower Automotive.
In the summers on Old Mission Peninsula he secretly enjoyed raking the Haserot beach early in the mornings. He also liked taking long walks on the peninsula and finding mushrooms only to share with his friends and neighbors.
Most importantly, Ray was a true family man. He especially loved his grandchildren and would absolutely do anything for them. Fondly, he will be remembered for his tender heart and generous soul. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Surviving Ray are his wife of 49 years, Pat; son, James (Andrea) Saunby; grandchildren, Jason and Ashley Saunby; sisters, Sandra Saunby and Linda (Jim) McClew; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph (Jeanette) Meyer; niece, Elizabeth; and many other special friends.
Since Ray became sick in March he set goals each day with his wife, Pat. However, the goals never went past his birthday on May 2. As each goal was accomplished he would say, “We’ve done good!”
Per Ray’s wishes, cremation will take place followed by a burial at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
The family wishes to graciously thank Munson Hospice for all the special love and care they provided to Ray and his family during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be directed to his grandchildren’s college fund.
Please sign Ray’s online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.