of Chelsea, Michigan, age 86, died on Friday September 25th, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born November 5, 1933, in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Martin Charles & Alene Constance (Schoberg) Steinbach. Ray attended and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1951. While in High School he ran track and cross country. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. His major of study was geology and was always on the lookout for another great rock. Ray always loved photography and in school, took many photos for yearbook. He was hired by Washtenaw Community College, in 1992, where he started their Photography program. Another love of his was trains, he volunteered at the Steam Railroading Institute and worked on the 1225 Steam Locomotive in Owosso for 15-20 years. He enjoyed bowling and enjoyed being on a number of leagues at Chelsea Lanes. Ray collected stamps and coins. He was a member of the Model Train Club in Chelsea and Sharon United Methodist Church in Manchester. Ray was a past president of the Manchester Historical Society.
In 1955, Ray married Alice Anna Bregger, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Dave (Shannon) Steinbach of Gregory, Victor (Shari) Steinbach of Allendale; one sister, Connie (Roger) Hoffer of Colorado; four grandchildren, Sean Steinbach, Tracy Steinbach, Erin (Jeremy) Huedepohl, and Amy (Tyler) Pyke, as well as three great-grandchildren.
Ray will be buried in the Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan, near his parents. Due to the times, there will not be a service or visitation to celebrate his life and mourn his passing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Steam Railroading Institute, PO Box 665, Owosso, MI 48867, or to Alcoholics Anonymous, General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
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