Ray Francis Kirkpatrick II

  • Born: October 17, 1960
  • Died: September 19, 2010
  • Location: Saint Johns, Michigan

Smith Family Funeral Homes

221 East Main Street
Elsie, MI 48831

Tel. (989) 862-4311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ray Francis Kirkpatrick II was born in Kalamazoo on October 17, 1960; he passed from this earthly life to his eternal home with Jesus on September 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Diane Kirkpatrick; his children: Melanie Rae Fassbender (Eric), Michael Gabriel Kirkpatrick, and Esther Rose Kirkpatrick. He is also survived by his brother and closest friend, Scott (Karen) Kirkpatrick; two sisters, Eileen (Bill) Burns and Denise (John) Schafer; aunts, Marcella Bozung, Helen Parsons, and Sue Bassett; uncle, John Bassett; many nephews, nieces, cousins, and good friends. Ray was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Jeannette Vos; brother Richard Kirkpatrick; uncles, Joseph Bozung and Ralph Parsons; his grandparents, Helen and Harold Platt. Ray graduated from Holt High School, Class of 1978. He was previously employed by Beurmann-Marshall Corporation and Michigan Millers Insurance Company. Ray was employed at Michigan Farm Bureau in Lansing. He had close friendships with many of his co-workers, and he often spoke of the great people that he worked for and with. Steve Paradiso, Jeff Sipe, and Jeff Berry, just to name a few, were some of his good friends at Michigan Farm Bureau. Ray's family will receive family and friends at the Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns Chapel, 2057 N. Lansing Street, St. Johns, on Tuesday, September 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns Chapel on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Richard Koutz, Ray's close friend and minister, will be officiating at the service. His body will be buried at the Lowe Cemetery in Essex Township following the service. The family would like to express great gratitude for all the prayer, love, and support that they have received during his illness. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

so sorry , I just seen this today, Oct 20, 2012. I have been trying to reach Denise and can not find her, I am sorry we never got to know the family. I have 5 adult sons who are cousins, they could have been great friends. my love and prayers for your faimily

Aunt Ginger

Posted by Virginia Fetterman - Jackson, MI - Aunt   October 20, 2012

I was saddened to see your loss in the paper. Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Pam Mrazek - St. Johns, MI   September 30, 2010

Diane, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Karen - City of St. Johns

Posted by KAREN GILLESPIE - ST JOHNS, MI   September 27, 2010

My daddy was the best daddy. He was my hero. I will never forget everything he has done for my family. I have so many great memories with him, and I will always love him. Now that he is with Jesus he can do all the things he couldn't do on Earth. I love you daddy and I miss you.

Posted by Esther - St. Johns, MI   September 25, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. -Lisa Pruden Michigan Farm Bureau / Field Ops Div.

Posted by Lisa Pruden - Lansing, MI   September 24, 2010

I don't deal well with death and prefer to remember Ray when he was alive. Even when he returned to work, and looked so weary, he still had a smile and time to be friendly. We could all learn a lot from him and I know he had a positive impact on us all. Rest in peace Ray. Sympathies to his family for their loss & thank you for sharing him with everyone...he was a blessing.

Posted by A Farm Bureau Friend - MI   September 23, 2010

I'm so sad to hear about Ray, I didn't know him in his adult yrs, I knew him as a kid, and a great one he was, just as I'm sure he was a great man, father, husband. I've known the Kirkpatrick family since early 70's. I myself just beat breast cancer, 6 months remmission, I just wish Ray had that opportunity as I did. I will be greatly missed. My Condolenses go out to his wife, children, his sisters Denise & Eileen and brother Scott. May you rest in peace Ray! From a friend of the past, Colleen Grove

Posted by Colleen Grove-Spielmann - Friendswood, TX   September 23, 2010

I agree with all the things others have written about Ray. He was who he was, a unique, wonderul individual. He made work here at FB so much fun. He even laughed once when I mistakenly called him Princess and would leave me messages to pick up materials from the print shop and end by saying...oh, by the way, this is Princess Ray. God has definitely called another angel home. To his family, my deepest sympathy. You have a special angel looking over you at all times.

Posted by Jean White - Dimondale, MI   September 23, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I knew Ray when he was at Michigan Millers. Always enjoyed talking with Ray.

Posted by Merle Boehmer - MI   September 23, 2010

My wife and I both worked with Ray at Farm Bureau. Ray and I had some great times talking and swapping stories. I will hold the memories of our fishing trip to Mansitee dear. He was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to your entire family during this extremely difficult time. We will hold him in our prayers.

Posted by Bill & Theresa Wolfinger - Eagle, MI   September 22, 2010

My deepest condolences to the Kirkpatrick family. I worked with Ray at Farm Bureau more than 5 years ago and am sorry that I missed the funeral. He was a great guy with a wonderful personality that made being at work not so bad. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

Posted by Tricia Fastje - Canton, MI   September 22, 2010

I did not really know Ray other than a passing in the hallway several times over the years making deliveries and he always had a genuine,warm and beautiful smile. You could tell he was a honest, kind hearted,loving man and i know everyone who knew him has lost a great friend. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by Julie Cassaday - MI   September 22, 2010

My wife, Judy, and I send our prayers to all of the family. Ray and I had a lot of great times together over the years. We are so saddened by this loss, but know that he is with God and in a much better place. Sincerely, Dale and Judy Tooker

Posted by Dale Tooker - Montrose, CO   September 22, 2010

I called him Raymond, he called me Wendell. Ray was such a tender-hearted, kind, loving person. He wasn't just my brother-in-law he was my friend. I will miss his smile and his sense of humor. He will be missed greatly.

Posted by Wendy Svok - St. Johns, MI   September 22, 2010

Such a wonderful smile. such a great laugh, such a kind spirit. Ray was genuine. He made you feel his friendship.

Posted by Janice Child - Lansing, MI   September 22, 2010

I worked with Ray at Michigan Farm Bureau and also at Michigan Millers. He is a long time friend who will be sorely missed. My father, Dale Tooker, also worked with Ray for many years. They enjoyed playing softball and bowling together. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kirkpatrick Family.

Posted by Greg Tooker - Okemos, MI   September 22, 2010

My condolences to the Kirkpatrick Family. Ray was one of those people who made your day a little better simply because he was so kind and decent. He was just fun to talk to. I liked the way he called people "brother." Brother Ray, we will miss you deeply at Farm Bureau. Thank you for your courage, thank you for you humor, thank you for caring about the people you served. Courageous people like you make a lasting impression. God bless you on your eternal journey. Luke S. to.

Posted by Luke Schafer - Lansing, MI   September 22, 2010

It is very hard to deal with death especially when it is a brother. God works in ways beyond our understanding. The times we shared many years ago growing up were the best of times and the things that will be remembered the most. The walking to school in the snow storms, the times going to watch Ray during his Swim meets at school. Just the growing up we did to better ourselves as parents. Ray, you WILL be missed dearly. Love You. Kevin Vos

Posted by Kevin Vos - Fayetteville, NC   September 22, 2010

My condolences to the Kirkpatrick Family Ray and I swapped fishing stories quite often. I regret not going pier fishing with him on Lake Michigan. I was also part of the LaSenorita group during the last three years. Ray always treated me like family and not just as a co-worker. I will certainly miss his humor. He dealt with his illness courageously and that will always be a part of his legacy and an inspiration to me to live life one day at a time because time with family and friends is precious.

Posted by Charlie Walker - Charlotte, MI   September 21, 2010

Ray and I had worked together at Farm Bureau for the last seven years. We had a ton of great memories together. He would always laugh at me when something bad would happen at FB and I'd tell him "Don't worry about it". I'm sure if he could right now he'd probably feed me my own line. He was an awesome friend and I'll miss him dearly.

Posted by Jeff Berry - Potterville, MI   September 21, 2010

I am deeply saddened to hear of Ray passing away. I work at Farm Bureau and everytime I saw him he had a smile on his face and would take the time to chat with me. I will miss that very much. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by Lori Wurm - Laingsburg, MI   September 21, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss Diane, for you and your family. I will be thinking and praying for you!

Posted by Becky Fike - Saint Johns, MI   September 21, 2010

My deepest sympathy to Ray's family. I retired from Michigan Farm Bureau a little over 3 years ago. I got to know Ray very well during those years that he was in the Print Shop, and he always delivered my print jobs right to my desk.....he "never" made me come to the Print Shop to pick my work up, always treating me very special. He always had a smile on his face and was a hard worker. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Mary Jane (MJ) Miller - Lansing, MI   September 21, 2010

Our deepest sympathies go out to Diane, Michael, Melanie, and Esther. God could not have taken a better husband, father, brother, and of course, cousin. We will miss Ray greatly. -The Naser’s

Posted by Nanette Naser - East Lansing, MI   September 21, 2010

Whenever I entered the Print Shop,Ray always had a smile & a friendly wave. This year,I joined the gang @ La Senorita. May the tradition continue in Ray's honor.

Posted by Karen Brunger - MI   September 21, 2010

Ray you will be missed dearly, one of my first friends here at Farm Bureau. We had alot of good times on that dock!

Posted by Terry Peterson - Lansing, MI   September 21, 2010

I worked and bowled with Ray. He will be missed.

Posted by Robert Mack - DeWitt, MI   September 21, 2010

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to perservere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." Christopher Reeve. I recently saw this quote and it reminded me of Ray and his very courageous battle with cancer. Ray was an incredible man and I will miss him greatly, I feel lucky to have known him.

Posted by Karen Meyers - Portland, MI   September 21, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I had the pleasure of working next to Ray and getting to chat with him around Farm Bureau. He was kind and always had a smile. I will miss him and always cherish the memories of Ray.

Posted by Jordan Schneider - St. Johns, MI   September 21, 2010

Our deepest sympathies. Ray was a great man and he will be sorely missed here at Farm Bureau.

Posted by Scott & Darcie Schueller - Fowler, MI   September 21, 2010

Ray was one of the kindest hearts down in the print shop. He will be sincerely missed every day. I am so fortunate I was able to meet and get to know such a great person, and I know he'll be looking down from heaven on each of us, laughing at the goofy things we continue to do.

Posted by Heather Costigan (Berry) - Lansing, MI   September 21, 2010

My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Ray and I always joked about the sharing of our last names. He will be greatly missed here at FB.

Posted by KRISTI KIRKPATRICK - Dimondale, MI   September 21, 2010

As others have mentioned Ray will be missed, he was a kind giving person. May your memories give you strength. We long for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Posted by Lori Smalley - St. Johns, MI   September 21, 2010

Ray will be missed by all who knew him. We will miss the annual gathering at La Senorita for the Big Wan burrito feast each year. Ray was always a friend you could count on and always had his friendly smile to help make the day better.

Posted by Bill Bogle - Holt, MI   September 21, 2010

If you ever had a conversation with Ray, undoubtedly at some point, he'd be reminded of a song. He might either recite or even sing a line of it and then say "Remember that one?" It's at that point when I'd say "Focus Brother Ray, focus." We'd then both have a good laugh. He'll be missed at the pier on Lake Michigan, missed in the woods for the hunt, and yes, even missed at the Chinese buffet. I'm glad to have been his friend.

Posted by Steve Paradiso - Portland, MI   September 21, 2010