Chelsea, MI formerly of Plymouth. Age 92, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born September 9, 1919 in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Herman & Bertha (Ash) Manzel.
Ray farmed on Loeffler and Scio Church for 34 years, and worked for King-Seely in Ann Arbor and Chrysler Introl at the Scio Plant in Ann Arbor. He retired from Chrysler in 1981. Ray has been a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chelsea since 1954.
On Oct. 4, 1946, he married Frances M. Bakhaus at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Jerry Manzel of Lodi, CA; and 17 nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen (Manzel) Donovan on October 18, 1991; his sister Helen Peck in June in 1999; and his brother, Ernest Manzel in 2011.
Funeral services were be held Monday, June 18, 11:00 am at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Rev. John Morris officiating. Burial followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The family received friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Saturday from 6-8 pm and Sunday from 4-7pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.