Steve was born January 7, 1952 in Bedford, Indiana, the son of John James & Frances Kathleen (Tarr) Ray.  At the age of 66, he psased Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at his home in Manchester, MI.  Steve graduated from University High School in Bloomington, IN in 1970. He then went on to graduate from Purdue University in 1974 with a degree in Biology. Steve was National Account Manager for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals for 32 years. He attended Sharon United Methodist Church. Steve enjoyed mowing and tinkering in the barn. He loved his home and family.

On August 25, 1982, he married Katherine Foster, and she survives. Other survivors include daughter, Katherine (Rob Marcus) Caldwell of VA; grandchild, Brayden Caldwell; daughter, Emily (Trevor) Steer of CA; brother, Richard (Jane Kimble) Ray of WI; sister, Sharon Ray of IN; and nieces, Madisen and Morgen. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Monday, November12, 3:30 pm at Sharon United Methodist Church with Pastor Peter Harris officiating.  Burial will be at Rowe’s Corner Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 19980 W Pleasant Lake Rd, Manchester, MI 48158. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

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#9 Diane Rickert 2018-11-11 05:42
Hearts are heavy, memories, thoughts and prayers are always with you!
#8 Randy Smith 2018-11-09 17:14

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.

Randy, Kelly, Jacob, and Lilly Smith
#7 Dan McCutchen 2018-11-08 23:57
I am sad to hear of Steve's passing. We were friends from elementary school through college days and he was a groomsman in Lynn's and my wedding. I have so many Steve Ray stories that were fun, crazy with dear memories of who he was. In our younger days It was always a blast to go out to his house in the country playing army, riding horses and shooting squirrels. I remember Francis showing me how to clean a squirrel for consumption. Tastes like chicken. Steve was a really a fun guy to be around and he had a good heart. I regret not staying in touch with him and my condolences to you his family.
#6 Charlene Hobbs 2018-11-08 23:29
Oh Em, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sending you healing light and love to wrap yourself in ♥️
#5 Bruce Gabala 2018-11-08 21:10
Mrs. Ray,

What a pleasure to meet you and Mr. Ray recently. I feel as if I have known you two for years. Both Mike and I sorry to hear of Mr. Ray’s passing. Sending light and love your way.
#4 Judy Pett 2018-11-08 19:45
Katherine, I am so very sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. He was my first boyfriend in high school, and he was a great guy. Bless you and your family ❤️
#3 Rebecca Eker 2018-11-08 19:09
Katie, I’m so sorry for your loss. We love your family so much and send love and prayers.
#2 Wendy Arntson 2018-11-08 19:08
Holding you and the girls in our prayers.
#1 Jim & Linda Wilson 2018-11-08 18:19
Katherine and family, our love and prayers for comfort go out to you all. May God bring you peace and may your faith stay strong in this time of grief.

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