Raymond E. Lick

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Raymond “Ray” Lick, 84, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his home in Vanderbilt, MI.

Ray was born on September 29, 1937, at Camp Sherwood in Boyne City, to Edward Sr. and Beulah (Howard) Lick.

The family moved to Vanderbilt when Ray was eight, and he became a lifelong resident of the Vanderbilt community. He graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1955 and began his nearly 40-year career with Higgins Industries (H&H Tube).

On May 21, 1960, Ray married Sandra Jean Goff, and together they raised four children, William, Dwain, Vernard, and Susan.

Through the years, Ray served his community as a volunteer firefighter and fire chief in the late ‘1970s. He also earned his journeyman electrician’s license and helped many in the area with electrical needs for new construction and repairs. After retiring from Higgins in 1996, Ray volunteered with RSVP in Otsego County and transported many people to appointments or assisted with other needs. Later in life, he started woodworking, a passion he shared with his brother, Virgil. Ray left an impressive legacy of furniture and wooden items he shared with family and friends. He also loved polka music and dancing with his wife, Sandra. The pair was a spectacle on the dance floor.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Sandra; his parents, Edward Sr, and Beulah; and his siblings, Oralee (Black), Edward Jr., Virgil, and Lindy.

He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Cunningham of Homosassa, Florida; his children, William (Tracy) of Harrah, Oklahoma, Dwain (Laurie) of Aberdeen, North Carolina, Vern (Barbara) of Morrison, Colorado, and Susan (Robert) Day of Midland, Michigan; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Kyla, Kimberly, Niles, Ashley, Thomas, Jennifer, Kayla, Kevin, Matthias, Mariah, Teagan, and Mackenzie.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord, MI at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The service will be live-streamed through the Nelson Funeral Home Facebook Page and can be located by following the link below Ray’s picture.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Ray’s honor to Cardiac Services through the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation online. (Link provided)

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

20 comments on “Raymond E. Lick”

  1. Orion scarlet and boys

    Rip my dear sweet uncle Raymond. You truly were a blessing. I’m thankful to have gotten a clock for my wife that my grandpa and uncle worked on together. Sure going to miss our chats when I’d come to plow. We will miss you, young man

  2. So sorry to hear of his passing. Know his loves were waiting for him in the promised land. You will be missed, Raymond. I will miss your visits on the porch. Walk with the angels dear one. Don and Mary Howard.

  3. Walk with the angels Raymond. You will be missed as will your back porch visits. Know your loved ones were there to greet you with open arms, peace has found you. Prayers for peace for your kids. Hugs from afar.

  4. I’m sorry for your loss Vern, I know he was a great Dad. I know how grateful you are for all that you shared with him. May he rest in God’s light and peace forever.

  5. Sorry for your loss, your sorrow will pass but your memories will be forever ❤. Miley Smith was my Aunt, Mary Jo Leach was my mother.

  6. Our prayers go out to you all who were the family of Ray. My brothers and I knew Ray all our lives. We sure understand that loss. God’s Blessings and care as you go through this tremendous pain of loss of your dad, grandpa, family member. He is walking with Jesus now. Lots of hugs.
    Suzie Karslake Medellin, Mike Karslake, Jim Karslake and families.

  7. Rest in Peace Uncle Raymond. Loved you so much, you will be missed but not forgotten. Go test high. Until we meet again, Carla.

  8. So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Ray will be greatly missed by all. Fly high with all our previous angles.

  9. Bill, Vern, Dwain and Sue, I’m so very sorry to let of your dad’s passing. I am thankful, though, that his pain is gone. Mom and I will surely miss his cheerful greeting on Sunday mornings as we pass his pew. Hugs and God’s peace to you all.

  10. Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I think back over the years and remember the good times we had at the bowling alley in Gaylord and around the state at the many tournaments that we attended, to the visits while watching the sunset from his front porch. Ray was a good friend and will be missed by many.
    Butch Dunham

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