Ray Wilburn Amyotte

Ray Wilburn Amyotte

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Ray Wilburn Amyotte, 72, of Bay City, our loving, funny, thoughtful, and loyal husband, father, “Granka”, brother, uncle, and friend passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Friday, July 29, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region. Ray was born in Bay City on June 19, 1944, the son of the late George and Louise (Bryson) Amyotte. Ray grew up in the house his father built by hand and enjoyed his father’s chickens, mother’s cooking, hunting pheasants, riding his snowmobile and working the fields on the family farm. He attended a school house near his home, and went on to graduate from Bay City Central. Ray then attended trade school in New Jersey, along with Northeastern Business College. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Communications Yeoman aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid during Vietnam from January 5, 1966 to October 6, 1969. Ray received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ray met a young lady by the name of Janet Ann Liss. While on their first date at Richie’s on a Saturday night, she ended up thinking he was a very nice man. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on December 18, 1971. After thirty-four years of service, Ray retired from General Motors. He loved to hunt, fish, socialize, shoot blackpowder, frequent flea markets, play games on the computer, and tend to his various pets throughout the years. The family routinely enjoyed camping trips to the Old Jellystone Park in Traverse City. Ray was a wonderful and loving husband and father. Family always came first, and he was an excellent provider to his wife and children. He was quick to lend a listening and comforting ear and could talk to anyone, from any walk of life. Ray had a natural ability to make people feel at ease and enjoyed helping others through difficult times. He was a gentle and genuine man who will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered for generations to come. Ray leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of forty-three years, Janet Ann Amyotte and their two sons, Keith and wife, RenĂ© Amyotte, and Kyle and wife, Taylor Amyotte. His memory will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Lauren Amyotte, Josie Amyotte, Tyler Jacobs, and Matthew Jacobs. Ray is also survived by his in-laws, Judy and Dave Call, Charles and Joanne Schallier, Jim Liss, and Joseph and Mary Liss, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Ray was welcomed home to heaven by his siblings, Pearl Essex, George Amyotte, and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Liss. Ray’s family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM until the time of his 7:00 PM Celebration of Life at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family c/o Keith Amyotte. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. Memories of Ray and Rick reminiscing about their antics at the farm ( Granny’s house ) came to mind immediately when I heard of his passing.
    Ray had such a happy up-beat personality with a smile and laugh that will never be forgotten, at least not by me or the many others he touched.
    Feelings of sadness for this wonderful man are with all who knew him I’m sure.
    My prayers, love and overwhelming sympathy to all, Linda Essex

  2. My heart hurts to hear this news. Ray was a wonderful man with such an infectious laugh. You couldn’t help but smile when you were around him. Thoughts and prayers to you, Janet, Keith, and Kyle. I’m so very sorry. :heart:

  3. Ray was a wonderful grandfather. He was an amazing, caring,loving kind, generous person. Ray put family first and always had a hug & a smile. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for Keith, Kyle, Rene, Taylor, Lauren Amyotte & family. – Ashley Reed.

  4. Janet, and family: I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was always such a friendly, full-of-life man. Always very kind and I enjoyed being around him. My thoughts are with you all, during this very difficult time. May he rest in peace. .Barb Dinauer.

  5. Though many years have passed, I remember fondly the good times at the farm with the Amyotte’s. Ray and my sister Carolynn were inseparable any time we went to Bay City to visit the family. Any time the Amyotte’s, Pedit’s and McShane’s got together was a good time with all of the aunts, uncles and cousins.
    Jan and family, keep your memories tucked safely in your hearts but also share them with your grandchildren.
    Blessings,
    Linda (Pedit) Ellis

  6. Janet and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about Ray’s sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless.

    Bonnie Spaulding

  7. Dear Janet and family,
    I am so sorry to hear that Ray passed away. You are in my prayers.
    Ray was, perhaps, my favorite cousin. We were the same age. Whenever we visited Bay City, I would call the “farm” and Aunt Louise and Uncle George would pick me up and I would spend all of my time with them. Ray and I fished, played cowboys and Indians (with his neighbor Bobby – I think that was his name), played Euchre with Ray, Aunt Louise and his neighbor, and usually ate a whole pan of Aunt Louise’s fudge at each game. Although it wasn’t my favorite pastime, I even helped hoe 8 acres of beans in the summer. I am sorry we never got to visit after we both grew up and left home but I thought of him often and I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Cousin, Carolynn Pedit Tomory

  8. I am so sorry for your loss
    Your family are in my thoughts and prayers
    Ray was a great loving man
    He will be deeply missed

  9. Janet and family – so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was always so friendly and kind on the occasions when we met up in the office or on the phone. I know he was a loving man and you two were a wonderful couple. My prayers are with you all. Sending God’s blessings to help you through this sad time.

    Sandy (Sam) Morrisette

  10. I attended Northeastern Business school with Ray back in the 60’s. So sorry to hear of his loss. My wife and I move away from the area and lost track. We hung out together and maybe got in a little trouble at times. Fond memories. Larry Snyder, Traverse City, Michigan

  11. Janet

    I am \so sorry to hear about Ray would like you and the boys to know how sad I am. I am sorry couldn’t be there for you guys. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ruth Troxell

  12. I will always remember the welcoming way Ray and Janet invited me into their home to lend a hand to them. They thought I was working for them but instead they gave me the treasure of their friendship and I am sorry I never made it back in time to visit them while Ray was still alive. My Prayers are with you Janet and your family Sincerely, Deb Braley

  13. Dear Janet and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God’s blessings on you all.

    Lois Pennell


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ray amyotte
Ray Wilburn Amyotte, 72, of Bay City, our loving, funny, thoughtful, and loyal husband, father, "Granka", brother, uncle, and friend passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Friday, July 29, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region. Ray was born in Bay City on June 19, 1944, the son of the late George and Louise (Bryson) Amyotte. Ray grew up in the house his father built by hand and enjoyed his father's chickens, mother's cooking, hunting pheasants, riding his snowmobile and working the fields on the family farm. He attended a school house near his home, and went on to graduate from Bay City Central. Ray then attended trade school in New Jersey, along with Northeastern Business College. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Communications Yeoman aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid during Vietnam from January 5, 1966 to October 6, 1969. Ray received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ray met a young lady by the name of Janet Ann Liss. While on their first date at Richie's on a Saturday night, she ended up thinking he was a very nice man. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on December 18, 1971. After thirty-four years of service, Ray retired from General Motors. He loved to hunt, fish, socialize, shoot blackpowder, frequent flea markets, play games on the computer, and tend to his various pets throughout the years. The family routinely enjoyed camping trips to the Old Jellystone Park in Traverse City. Ray was a wonderful and loving husband and father. Family always came first, and he was an excellent provider to his wife and children. He was quick to lend a listening and comforting ear and could talk to anyone, from any walk of life. Ray had a natural ability to make people feel at ease and enjoyed helping others through difficult times. He was a gentle and genuine man who will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered for generations to come. Ray leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of forty-three years, Janet Ann Amyotte and their two sons, Keith and wife, René Amyotte, and Kyle and wife, Taylor Amyotte. His memory will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Lauren Amyotte, Josie Amyotte, Tyler Jacobs, and Matthew Jacobs. Ray is also survived by his in-laws, Judy and Dave Call, Charles and Joanne Schallier, Jim Liss, and Joseph and Mary Liss, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Ray was welcomed home to heaven by his siblings, Pearl Essex, George Amyotte, and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Liss. Ray's family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM until the time of his 7:00 PM Celebration of Life at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family c/o Keith Amyotte. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. Memories of Ray and Rick reminiscing about their antics at the farm ( Granny’s house ) came to mind immediately when I heard of his passing.
    Ray had such a happy up-beat personality with a smile and laugh that will never be forgotten, at least not by me or the many others he touched.
    Feelings of sadness for this wonderful man are with all who knew him I’m sure.
    My prayers, love and overwhelming sympathy to all, Linda Essex

  2. My heart hurts to hear this news. Ray was a wonderful man with such an infectious laugh. You couldn’t help but smile when you were around him. Thoughts and prayers to you, Janet, Keith, and Kyle. I’m so very sorry. :heart:

  3. Ray was a wonderful grandfather. He was an amazing, caring,loving kind, generous person. Ray put family first and always had a hug & a smile. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for Keith, Kyle, Rene, Taylor, Lauren Amyotte & family. – Ashley Reed.

  4. Janet, and family: I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was always such a friendly, full-of-life man. Always very kind and I enjoyed being around him. My thoughts are with you all, during this very difficult time. May he rest in peace. .Barb Dinauer.

  5. Janet and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about Ray’s sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless.

    Bonnie Spaulding

  6. Dear Janet and family,
    I am so sorry to hear that Ray passed away. You are in my prayers.
    Ray was, perhaps, my favorite cousin. We were the same age. Whenever we visited Bay City, I would call the “farm” and Aunt Louise and Uncle George would pick me up and I would spend all of my time with them. Ray and I fished, played cowboys and Indians (with his neighbor Bobby – I think that was his name), played Euchre with Ray, Aunt Louise and his neighbor, and usually ate a whole pan of Aunt Louise’s fudge at each game. Although it wasn’t my favorite pastime, I even helped hoe 8 acres of beans in the summer. I am sorry we never got to visit after we both grew up and left home but I thought of him often and I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Cousin, Carolynn Pedit Tomory

  7. I am so sorry for your loss
    Your family are in my thoughts and prayers
    Ray was a great loving man
    He will be deeply missed

  8. Though many years have passed, I remember fondly the good times at the farm with the Amyotte’s. Ray and my sister Carolynn were inseparable any time we went to Bay City to visit the family. Any time the Amyotte’s, Pedit’s and McShane’s got together was a good time with all of the aunts, uncles and cousins.
    Jan and family, keep your memories tucked safely in your hearts but also share them with your grandchildren.
    Blessings,
    Linda (Pedit) Ellis

  9. Janet and family – so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was always so friendly and kind on the occasions when we met up in the office or on the phone. I know he was a loving man and you two were a wonderful couple. My prayers are with you all. Sending God’s blessings to help you through this sad time.

    Sandy (Sam) Morrisette

  10. I attended Northeastern Business school with Ray back in the 60’s. So sorry to hear of his loss. My wife and I move away from the area and lost track. We hung out together and maybe got in a little trouble at times. Fond memories. Larry Snyder, Traverse City, Michigan

  11. I will always remember the welcoming way Ray and Janet invited me into their home to lend a hand to them. They thought I was working for them but instead they gave me the treasure of their friendship and I am sorry I never made it back in time to visit them while Ray was still alive. My Prayers are with you Janet and your family Sincerely, Deb Braley

  12. Dear Janet and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God’s blessings on you all.

    Lois Pennell

  13. Janet

    I am \so sorry to hear about Ray would like you and the boys to know how sad I am. I am sorry couldn’t be there for you guys. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ruth Troxell


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