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“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....Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Virginia Fetterman - Jackson, MI

“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. ”
2 of 35 | Posted by: Pam Mrazek - St. Johns, MI

“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 ”
3 of 35 | Posted by: KAREN GILLESPIE - ST JOHNS, MI

“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...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Esther - St. Johns, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. -Lisa Pruden Michigan Farm Bureau / Field Ops Div. ”
5 of 35 | Posted by: Lisa Pruden - Lansing, MI

“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...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: A Farm Bureau Friend - MI

“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,...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Colleen Grove-Spielmann - TX

“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...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Jean White - Dimondale, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I knew Ray when he was at Michigan Millers. Always enjoyed talking with Ray. ”
9 of 35 | Posted by: Merle Boehmer - MI

“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...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Bill & Theresa Wolfinger - Eagle, MI

“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...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Tricia Fastje - Canton, MI

“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...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Cassaday - MI

“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...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Dale Tooker - Montrose, CO

“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...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Wendy Svok - St. Johns, MI

“Such a wonderful smile. such a great laugh, such a kind spirit. Ray was genuine. He made you feel his friendship. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Janice Child - Lansing, MI

“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,...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Greg Tooker - Okemos, MI

“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. ...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Luke Schafer - Lansing, MI

“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...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Kevin Vos - Fayetteville, NC

“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....Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Charlie Walker - Charlotte, MI

“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...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Jeff Berry - Potterville, MI

“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...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Lori Wurm - Laingsburg, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss Diane, for you and your family. I will be thinking and praying for you! ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: Becky Fike - Saint Johns, MI

“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...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Jane (MJ) Miller - Lansing, MI

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Diane, Michael, Melanie, and Esther. God could not have taken a better husband, father, brother, and of course,...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Nanette Naser - East Lansing, MI

“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...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Karen Brunger - MI

“Ray you will be missed dearly, one of my first friends here at Farm Bureau. We had alot of good times on that dock! ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Terry Peterson - Lansing, MI

“I worked and bowled with Ray. He will be missed. ”
27 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Mack - DeWitt, MI

“"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to perservere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." Christopher Reeve. I...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Karen Meyers - Portland, MI

“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...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Jordan Schneider - St. Johns, MI

“Our deepest sympathies. Ray was a great man and he will be sorely missed here at Farm Bureau. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: Scott & Darcie Schueller - Fowler, MI

“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...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Heather Costigan (Berry) - MI

“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...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: KRISTI KIRKPATRICK - Dimondale, MI

“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...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Lori Smalley - St. Johns, MI

“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...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Bill Bogle - Holt, MI

“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...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Steve Paradiso - Portland, MI

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.

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